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I have cleaned all my hummingbird feeders and taken off their warmers [thick wool socks] and made brand new feed for the three plastic feeders I keep for the colder tempertures. When the weather gets a bit warmer I will add my two other glass feeders.
It is very important to keep your feeders clean for your hummingbirds even in the winter months too. Keeping the mold and fresh feed for them is so important because you are their only sourse of food to stay alive during the cold months. I also found out that the red dye is not a good idea. I found that the red dye can made our feathers gems becks weaken over time. Which could be dangerous for the hummingbird because this is their only way of getting food. plus I have found out that some hummingbirds can live up to 17years..
At the end of this post I will put my own receipe of humminbird feed if you don't have one of your own.
If you don't know your Zones I did a post on Zones that you can look up on my other posts - Called Planting Hummingbird Flowers Posted on Friday January 25, 2013 hope this well help my dear friends and Followers ..
"(✿◠‿◠)˙I also thought I would post some tips on some great flowers for your hummingbirds and just for your gardens. Happy gardening my dear friends and Followers!
-Coneflowers Rule! You may ask why? First of all, these beauty's are great perennial's which are great in any area that is cold or rainy. They are native anywhere and easy to growin zones 3-8. They need little maintenance and are happest with a sunny area. It also best to have them well drain soiled or the same goes in your pots. Coneflowers are attractive to many gardens creatures, including painted lady butterflies, monarchs, fritillaries, swallowtails and of course hummingbirds.
There are so many colors options now than ever before. Like before You don't have to settle just on purple. You can try yellow, orange, Red and many other colours too. All kinda birds love these too.
Plus the seed heads of these flowers can be used in the fall for other birds seeds for food. These birds could be cardinals, godfinches and many others.
-Butterfly Bush This beauty real name is [Buddleja davidii]. It will grow in the 5to9 zone range so it can't handle the cold as much as some flowers. It can grow up to 15feet high, with hunderds of blossoms and because it will endure drought and heat it is one of the favorites. It has arching spikes full of purple, white, pink or yellow flowers. The blutterfly bush will bloom from midsummer through the first frost. [depending on how cold your area you live]. Plant in full sun. This beauty can be invasive in some areas, but all you really need to do is lots of trimming.
-Mockorange This is another great bloom. Its real name Philadelphus and it grow in Zones 3to8. The Mockorange blooms in early summer will bear its gorgeous pure whit flowers that will last for weeks with the most delicious smell you will every smell!
Most of these Mockorange flowers can grow up as tall as 6feet tall, but like any flowering tree, flowingplant, of flower you can also find a compact or dwarf varieties or you can just dwart it yourself like I have done with many of my flowers and trees.
These Mockoranges need fullsun, It is the flower that will flower in late spring or early summer and then will bloom again later in the season. They are beautiful snow white sensations...
Spirea- The Spirea is another beauty. This one will grow in the 3to8 Zones and its real flower name is the Spiraea. It is an easy to grow shrub with exciting colours too. They provied several seasonal interest, its the summer blooms are individual flowers very tiny but together and pack quite a punch. The Spirea prefers full sun. Its also important to find a cultivar that right for your area in your backyard or porch area. Some of these Spirea's can grow to 18inches tall, while others can get to several feet tall.
The favorties of these are the white flowers. so most will cultivate them. There is alternative colors like the pink flowers too.
Potentila- This is a great one! Called the Potentilla fruticosa. It is in the Zones 2to7 which makes it a great flower for the cold winters and summers. The Potentilla is one of the longest blooming shrubs around. beginning to flower in late spring and then continuing until fall. These are great because it does well even in the frigid Zone 2... It is good to keep the Potentila in full sun, well drained soil. These are beautiful bright yellow blooms and can get up to 4feet tall.
Hydrangeas- These might be the most beloved summer blooming flowering shurb, that you'll but in your garden. They will handle cold frigid regions 3to10 Zones with lovely huge blossoms. They are very easy care, and they even are happy in partial shaded areas in your garden. The bigleaf hydrangeas are ideal for mild climates but they will also live in the cold winters too. They have beautiful large white blooms, among the favorites are the pink Annabelle, but there are many other colours too.
If you need the hummingbird food for your own hummingbirds
1cup of sugar white to 4 cups of water
put in a large pot, bring to a boil for one 1min. stir till clear and then let cool . put in either plastic or glass container and keep in your referagtor. till you need to use.
I hope that you Enjoyed this post for the up coming sping! I do love your all dearly my dear Friends and Followers YOur Wendy - Much love and joy to you all. "(✿◠‿◠)˙•٠•●c Celibate life♥´Magic Surrounds Us ƸӜƷ ♪♫♪♫♪❤❤
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