We have many birds that visit our backyard, but my favorite birds are these Desert Bird of Paradise, caesalpinia gilliesii.


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There was one outside my bedroom when I was growing up in South Texas.  Several years ago nostalgia set in as I began searching for a plant but could not find one anywhere.  Finally, I ordered seeds from Trade Winds Fruit in Windsor, California.


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Today I have five Birds in the ground, two in pots and plenty of seeds.  I harvest the seeds, in a pod rather like a snow pea, when they are dry and rattle slightly.   The first year I brought the pods in the house and put them in a bowl in the dining room. The pods would dry out more and pop open as seeds and pods flew into the air.



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 They lose most of their leaves in the winter and come back in the spring  and bloom through the spring and summer and sometimes into fall.


33 thoughts on “BIRDS IN THE BACK YARD

  1. Beautiful ! mine is all yellow..came back this year, but San Antonio never really has a hard enough to bite them back for good…
    I will have to check your seed source…
    Thank you for sharing your space in photos…..
    Take Care..You Matter…


  2. Oh my, we had these when I was growing Up! Had forgotten how beautiful they are……..I shall plant some myself! Thank you for thus beautiful post. We have arrived in a Vancouver and shall spend the day with Virginia and Lar tomorrow. This is so very exciting!


    • They should do well in your dry country. We did not have many flowers where I grew up except maybe in the spring if we had rain the wildflowers and cactus would be beautiful.

      I am excited also about your meeting with Virginia and Lar too! You must be there right now relishing her special magic and hospitality. Oh, the tales you will tell. I am there in spirit! You and Augustine have a safe trip home.


    • This coast is bare compared to your green country so we appreciate the beauty when we find it. Husband has more patience with photos than I do and he shares with me. Good to hear from you Doran. Thanks for stopping by.


    • I sent some seeds to a friend near Oklahoma City and she kept them in pots and brought them in for the winter and she has a sun room. Yes, Dallas gets the coldest weather and the hottest! All we have to worry about are hurricanes. It is good to see you positive these days. Thanks for the visit – always a treat.


    • They are really called Desert Bird of Paradise – just left that out on the original post but added it today. They grow mainly along the southwestern states. I envy all the gorgeous things you can grow in Canada. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I have enjoyed following your travels. Stay well and safe!


  3. Your bird of paradise takes ones breath away. So beautiful – so wonderfully exotic looking they can’t possibly be real, Jo Nell. And while we are on the subject of things wonderful – our visit with Tin Man and Augustine was nothing short of wonderful. We spoke of you, and hope that all is going well. XX V.


  4. The “Birds” are one of the prettiest I have seen. My mother always wanted one for her yard. Do you have extra seeds? I would love to try some here in Marble Falls. With instructions of course. Good Job JoNell!


  5. The bird of paradise plant is lovely. I know what you mean about the nostalgia for a plant. I did a post last year on flowering shrubs, and used some pictures from the 1913 Ladies Home Journal of shrubs that were popular at that time. One of the drawings was of Kerria Japonica. And, suddenly I remembered that my family had one when I was a child–though I didn’t know the name of it. Ever since then I’ve had an urge to try to find a Kerria Japonica plant to put in my yard–though in reality I probably don’t have enough space for it.


  6. Oh wow, what exotic birds they are too 🙂 Love these flowers I have not seen the like of these before CC…. Wonderful back garden.. thank you for sharing them with us.. Love and Blessings Sue xox


    • After they get established they do not need much water. We have water restrictions on lawns so we are trying to go with more beds and plants that are drought tolerant. Thanks for taking time to comment!


  7. Beautiful post and pictures. While our Brooklyn yard does not attract exotic birds, we thrill when we see our neighborhood cardinals making themselves comfortable in our quince tree (which made its existence known only after a nearby tree was cut down). When a wood dove’s call reminds me of a place where these birds are plentiful–my husband’s home country, Barbados, I offer a thank-you for visiting. Thank you for liking my blog post.


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