I cat-proofed the garden this year when I created a 'bird tree.'
I put all of the feeders (plus a hanging birdbath) in the big Ponderosa pine, outside my bedroom window - and out of reach of the two serial kitties who are intent on thinning the flock.
That was concomitantly a dumb and brilliant idea.
Dumb because the birds wake up a whole lot earlier than I do and that sunrise feeding frenzy can get a little noisy.
Brilliant because the clever combination of messy birds, sunflower seeds and water splashed from the hanging birdbath worked like a charm...
My accidental gardeners are growing their own sunflower garden!
Sunflowers are incredibly easy bloomers in a high altitude garden.
Just remember that they almost always face east, to greet the morning sun a little more quietly than the birdies do...