Friday, June 21, 2013

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden-
I thought I would do another post on my favorite tiny but jewel of a bird-
The Hummingbird~
In this post I thought since its getting into mid June to July months, folks will be thinking more and more about their gardens and how to set them up to different types of  birds that they may like. I thought for you folks that love the jewel called the hummingbird, I'd give you a few hint on how you attract these amazing tiny birds.
ROSY
You never know, you might end-up happily with a wild friend of a bird like my Rosy- My  Hummingbird who has deemed my garden his for the last 5-years and stays here year around snow and all. (WA. Seattle.)
Attracting Hummers-
The Hummer is a tiny and very colorful bird, that come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. I've gone
over this in another post, but I thought for the new readers I would do a brief summary about these amazing little birds.
Hummers like to feed on the nectar of the flower below and they also enjoy bus and small spiders too.
These  Amazing jewels can flap their wings at 70 to 90 times a minute while collecting their food. To get closer to these amazing tiny birds and to see the beauty of their different colors they have, you need to create a home (habitat) for them to enjoy being in & so that they will come back every spring. If your are lucky you might even get a hummer like me that has decided my garden is his and has stayed year around for the past 5-years.
Here are a Few plants, trees, vines, perennials & annuals that will get you started-
Large Plants & Trees-
Abelia
Aesculus [Horse-chestnut]
Albizzia [Mimosa -SilkTree]
Azalea
Cercis [Redbud]
Chaenomeles
Cotoneaster [Varieties]
Crataegus [Hawthorn]
Hesperaloe [Red Yucca]
Malus [Crabapple]
Rhododendron
Ribes [Flowering Currant]
Vines-
Campsis [Trumpet Creeper]
Clematis
Lonicera [Honeysuckles]
Perennials-
Agastache [Anise Hyssop]
Alstroemeria [Peruvian Lily]
Aguilegia [Columbine]
Althea [Hollyhock]
Canna
Crocosmia [Montbretia]
Dahlia
Delphinium [Larkspur]
Dianthus [Carnations - Pinks,Reds,Yellows]
Dicentra [Bleeding Red Heart]
Digitalis [Foxgloves]
 Fuchsias
Fuchsias
Gladiolus
Heuchera [Coral Bells]
Kniphofia [Red Hot Poker]
Lilium [Asiatic Lilies]
Lobelia
Lupinus [Lupine]
Melissa [Sweet Bee Balm]
Melissa [Sweet Bee Balm]
Penstemon
Phlox
Verbena
Veronica
The Bee Balm
MY FAVORITE - BEE BALM - COME IN COLORS - RED, LAVENDER, PINK,  & WHITE...THESE I HAVE HAD THE BEST LUCK WITH HUMMINGBIRDS AND MY ROSY...
Annuals-
Begonia
Hibiscus
Gazania
Impatiens [Impatients]
Lantana
Geraniums
Petunia
Salvia [Sage]
Nasturtium
Zinnia

Happy Gardening!


 Sword billed hummingbird


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