I was visiting a garden center and was strolling through the evergreen area. I'm usually in the flowers, but this day I was checking out some shrubs and things. I have always loved these small evergreens called, Bird's Nest Spruce. We have a few in our yard and they do so well with really no care at all. Walking along I spotted a cardinal flitting about. He was acting very cautious and was jumping and chirping as he went. He was trying to distract me. I kept on going...watching him intently. As I checked out the evergreens...there was a nest with three perfect eggs in it right in the hollow of this little shrub. What a perfect spot for me to see...but not so perfect for the parents. I have seen bird nests mixed in amongst the herbs on garden center tables, but never a cardinal nest. I just looked and walked away, so he wasn't so frightened. I wonder why a Cardinal would pick this spot for a nest when they have the whole area to build. I guess he knew it was a Bird's Nest Spruce!
Here is some info from the internet about this evergreen....
The Bird's Nest Spruce is one of the most common dwarf evergreen shrubs. It is a member of the Norway Spruce (Picea abies) family; its Latin name is 'Nidiformis'. This attractive, low-growing shrub gets its name from a depression in the center that makes it look like a bird's nest.
A versatile shrub, it is perfect for mixed borders, group planting, rock gardens, and container gardening. It is well suited for transplanting because of its shallow root system.
The Bird's Nest Spruce is very low maintenance because it grows so slowly. At 10 years of age you can expect the shrub to be 1' tall and 2' wide. You can, however, prune new growth to give the shrub a desired shape, even to resemble a bonsai plant.
This hearty shrub is dark green in color, but in the spring new growth will appear light yellow-green. By late spring the branches are a uniform green.