Adorable August Bandits have been ransacking my zinnias. Do I care…only a little, and why is that? Even without every petal the nectar-producing disk florets are alive and will be visited by hummingbirds and butterflies.
Goldfinches are the bandits. The male is bold and brash, watching me carefully, but staying in plain sight.
The female likes to forage amid the cover of the zinnia leaves.
They aren’t the only ransackers in the garden. I’m a guilty party too, stripping off petals to press between the pages of a book. They will retain their bright colors and be useful in crafts later in the year.
Each petal has a seed attached. I break these away before pressing. Aha! I’ve had a great idea.
I gather the seeds and take them to the garden. The ring of florets on the zinnia makes a perfect miniature bird feeder for the goldfinches. This post is part of August Photo A Day Challenge/Start With A – August 3rd.