It was love at first site when I saw my first real, live heliconia plant in Key West, Florida.
I was just a teenager but couldn’t believe such a plant existed! So tropical and alluring the “lobster claw” plant amazed me!
And now that it’s finally spring, the crab apples trees in my neighborhood are in full bloom.
Stunning flowers in both real life and in the form of Desert Steel Bird Feeders!
Made to withstand the test of time, Desert Steel only lovingly handcrafts bird feeders that will be around for ages.
So I am so excited for our 3 winners today who will each get a bird feeder from Desert Steel.
First place gets the heliconia ARV $62 and the two runners up each get a crab apple bird feeder ARV $40.
I hope it’s you!
How to enter win!!!
Simply fill out the SweepWidget form at the very end of this post. A valid and correct email address is necessary as this is the method I will use to contact you if you win!
Why I love these Desert Steel bird feeders in a nutshell!
Desert Steel designs bird feeders with our feathered friends best interests at heart!
Both the Crab Apple and the Mystic Merlin bird feeders are open at the top. This makes them incredibility easy to fill.
The unique design also lends itself to flexibility when choosing what foods to use. Naturally, seed is ideal. But you can also fill them with mealworms, nuts, jelly, peanut butter, homemade suet or peanuts for those gorgeous blue jays.
You already know blue jays adore peanuts…..right? Munch crunch.
But I love the design of the heliconia bird feeder. While it’s also easy to fill and the crab apple feeders, it has 6 slots where birds can perch themselves. Birds don’t have to “wait their turn” to access the food source.
Birds can all feast at the same time!
Nothing worse than watching a bird anxiously awaiting their turn at the feeder. We can’t have that!
All three feeders are super easy to clean if you want to switch up your food source.
So if you feeder is a little sticky from the oranges you left for the oriels, when done, you can remove the scraps, wash it with mild dish soap, dry throughly and try a different type of food.
5 fool proof ways to lure in the birds…
1.) Different food attract different birds so make sure your buffet offers a wide variety. We serve up thistle for the goldfinches, sugar water for hummingbirds, jelly for the orioles, and suet for the woodpeckers!
2.) I love my cat. But he belongs inside where he won’t be hunting birds that I’m attracting to my yard and garden. It’s overall better for his health too and we have a sunroom for him to bask in.
3.) Leave bushes…..well bushy as they provide shelter for birds. Those extra branches and perches near the feeders are a convenient waiting spot if all the slots on your feeder are filled to capacity.
4.) For the sake of insect-eating birds, such as hummingbirds, grosbeaks and bluebirds, skip the pesticides and embrace the bugs. All the hungry neighborhood birds naturally control unwanted insect populations. And think of the protein they are getting!
5.) Help mother birds, especially now in spring by leaving out eggshells, which gives them a calcium boost. Rinse the shell, lay it out to dry and crunch it up before sprinkling around your feeders. Blue jays in particular seem to like them.
Why you always win with Desert Steel….
You always win with Desert Steel. Or should I say you can’t loose?! Either way…they make the best bird feeders, solar lights and torches that you’ll find anywhere.
You can go to a big box store and buy junk, but why? Cheap, flimsy outdoor adornments that will barely last one season. Then in September you’ll be hauling them to the curb.
Instead, invest in quality. Products you’ll enjoy now and years from now, season after season.
Yard art meant to withstand even the harshest of outdoor elements including snow, sleet, wind, rain and sun. True craftsmanship combined with quality materials that are a guarantee against defects.
Desert Steel is a company that stands behinds their products.
To be honest, most of us don’t want feedback. It’s hard to hear about our shortcomings! But Desert Steel puts their customers first and wants your insight into their products.
So their customer service is beyond stellar. This is why their products make such marvelous gifts. Any problem at all, and Desert Steel will make it right.
Crab Apple & Mystic Merlin Product Specs….
- Works with all seed types
- Holds 16 oz of seed
- Can also be used as a jelly feeder
- UV/fade resistant
- Rust proof
- Stem and chain included
- Water drainage holes
- Easy assembly
9”W x 11.5”H
My suggestion is to invest in both the pink and purple crab apple bird feeders, even though I think the Mystic Merlin feeder is more of a blue?
In fact, a shepherds hook with two hangers is ideal. This way you can use one for seed or mealworms and the other can be used as a jelly feeder.
Tempting birds with a nice variety of food choices lures in more types of birds.
Heliconia product specs…
- Seed flows to fill each petal trough
- Works with most seed types
- Holds 20 oz of seed
- UV/fade resistant
- Rust proof
- Easy assembly
- Built-in foot stake
42″H x 12″W x 4″D
When I “ahem”…retire and move south, I will grow a heliconia plant outdoors. They don’t make the best indoor plant and I know the lighting in my home will never be sufficient for such a tropical plant. Not to mention my humidity issues.
Yet I feel slightly hypocritical because I’m currently attempting to grow my first bird of paradise plant which asks for similar conditions.
Heliconia plants draw in hummingbirds as does the color red. So if you live in a Northern climate as I do, I suggest placing the red heliconia bird feeder near your hummingbird feeders to see if you can draw more of those delightful birds in!
In the meantime, I love the 6 flower slots the heliconia bird feeder has for seed filling. If you wish, experiment with 6 different types of seeds to see what you can lure in.
They naturally spill over from top to bottom and that’s okay, too! And since the heliconia bird feeder takes 20 ounces of seed, you won’t have to fill it every day!
I hope you are one of our three winners! Even if you’ve never been a bird feeder before, you’ll be surprised how addicting this hobby is.
Anyone can feed birds. Remember the bird lay in Home Alone 2? Not to mention Mary Poppins. Bird feeding is the hobby of choice for all.
Doesn’t matter your age or gender~ meeting and greeting feathered friends is fun! Especially with Desert Steel bird feeders which can stay out all winter as they can withstand the elements.
And the summer gift giving season is upon us. A new Desert Steel bird feeder is just what “they” want. Trust me on this one!
Good luck all!