Feed The Birds Seed Collection
Let these flowers go to seed and they will act as natural bird feeders for wild seed eating birds from early summer well into early winter. Our Feed the Birds Seed Collection includes five packs of seeds - varieties are described and pictured below. All packs are full sized regular seed packs - packaged in a pretty cello bag with a descriptive tag. $11.25
Lemon Queen Sunflower
(Helianthus annus) Sunny yellow classic sunflowers are produced heavily on tall multi - branching plants. The flowers are 5-7 inches across and beautiful in late summer bouquets. These are also loved by birds, which will feed on seeds that develop from flowers left on the plant. The sunny yellow petals are a handsome contrast to the deep brown centers. Most/full sun - Annual - 7-8 feet - 25 seeds.
Averial's Ultraviolet Larkspur
(Consolida orientalis)The tall flowering larkspurs bloom in the early summer months and are dependable re-seeders. The blooms are pretty in the vase and hold their color perfectly when dried. Grown by Jefferson at Monticello and a favorite US heirloom. This is our aunt Averialís type which is an especially vivid purple, passed down since the early 1900s. Most/full sun - Reseeding Annual - 3-4 feet - 100+ seeds/pack.
Bright Lights Cosmos
(Cosmos sulphureus))Tall and free-flowering, Bright Lights produces lots of hot-orange doubled blooms that especially seem to glow at dusk. This species was introduced to US gardeners in the 1890s and has always been loved for its vivid color. Birds love the seeds which are held loosely to seed heads that follow the blooms. Excellent in the vase and also loved by butterflies! 3-5 feet. Full sun. Annual. 50+ seeds.
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta An important native prairie plant used by Native Americans and early settlers medicinally and as an important component in dye making. Black Eyed Susanís sunny yellow flowers brighten the late summer garden and feed both butterflies and bees. The seed heads then should be left on the plants as an important food source for wild birds. 2-3 feet. Full sun. Perennial. 100+ seeds.
Mammoth Russian Sunflower
(Helianthus annus) One of the first exports sent back to Europe by early explorers of the Americas was sunflower seed from the native sunflowers. The Russians became heavy produces of both sunflower oil and seeds. This heirloom giant Russian sunflower produces huge solitary giant flowers on top of strong stalks. The seeds are edible (by both birds and humans). Most/full sun - Annual - 6-7 feet - 25 seeds/pack.