Winter at Birdsong Pleasure Garden

Chimonanthus praecox, commoly known as wintersweet or Japanese allspice, is a deciduous shrub that typically grows 10-15' tall and 8-12' wide.  Fragrant flowers bloom in winter, December to January, usualy on leafless branches.

 

The Downy Woodpecker eats foods that larger woodpeckers cannot reach, such as insects living on or in the stems of weeds. You may see them hammering at goldenrod galls to extract the fly larvae inside.

 

The term full shade does not mean 'no sun'.  A location is considered to be in full shade if it receives less than three hours of direct sun daily and receives filtered sun the rest of the day.  Preferably, the hours of direct sun occur in the cooler hours of the morning with filtered protection from intense sun in the late afternoon.  This is Jasminum Nudiflorum, it blooms in winter.

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