Early Summer at Birdsong Pleasure Garden

Calycantus floridus, commonly called Carolina allspice features a very fragrant, brown to reddish-brown flower.  Flowers give way to brownish, urn shaped fruits or seed capsules.  The leaves are aromatic with hints of pineapple, strawberry and banana.  It is a native from Virginia to Florida and is a favorite among the pollinators and birds for nesting sites.


Marvelous birds to capture in your binoculars, male Easter Blueirds are a brillian royal blue on the back and head, and warm red-brown on the breast.  Blue tinges in the wings and tail give the grayer females an elegant look.


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.  

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