About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden

Written by Lesley Dietschy

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Southeastern United States:

•Butterfly Bush •Cardinal Flower •Coral or Trumpet Honeysuckle •Cypress Vine •Native Trumpet Creeper •Texas Sage

Southwest United States:

•Indian Paintbrush •Lantana •Lily ofrepparttar Nile •Mexican Honeysuckle •Texas Sage •Western Coral Bean

West Coast United States:

•Beebalm •Bottle Brush •Cape Fuchsia •Colombine •Salmonberry •Woodland Orchard

Northeastern United States:

•Blue Lobelia •Cardinal Flower •Hollyhock •Red Morning Glory •Salvia •Scarlet Sage

Midwest United States:

•Coral Bells •Coral Honeysuckle •Foxglove •Hosta •Impatients •Lilac

Even though flowers arerepparttar 135405 natural means to attract hummingbirds to your garden, man-made feeders filled with a mixture of water and sugar (sucrose) are an essential alternative. Sugar, whether from a flower or a feeder, is a necessary nutrient in a hummingbird’s diet. Tests have shown that hummingbirds favor sucrose in flower nectar more than other sugars such as fructose and glucose. Therefore, withrepparttar 135406 proper ratio of ingredients, your feeder becomes a good substitute torepparttar 135407 flowers that hummingbirds like best.

The formula forrepparttar 135408 mixture used in hummingbird feeders is 4 parts water (not distilled) to 1 part table sugar. Boilrepparttar 135409 mixture for one to two minutes, then cool and store in refrigerator. The mixture can be stored inrepparttar 135410 refrigerator for up to one week. Do not use red food coloring, honey, or artificial sweeteners in your mixture, as this could be harmful torepparttar 135411 hummingbirds.

If one of your goals is to attract hummingbirds to your garden, a visit to your local nursery is a great starting point. Find an experienced employee who can tell you which species of plants grow well in your area and have a history of successfully attracting hummingbirds. Most importantly, be imaginative and have fun planting and growing your garden to attract beautiful hummingbirds.

Copyright 2005, Lesley Dietschy, All rights reserved.

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Garden Gnomes to add whimsey to your garden

Written by Johann Erickson

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little workers. There are brightly colored garden gnomes, color-coordinated garden gnomes and a few sweet female garden gnomes.

Garden gnomes are a world-wide phenomenon, and many stories and legends are told about their origin and behavior. In Britain garden gnomes are called Nains, in Sweden they are known as Nissen, and in Hawaii they are called Menehuenes. According to common lore, Garden gnomes originated in Scandinavia and later migrated, preferring hilly meadows and rocky woodlands. Telling melancholy tales and growing a thriving garden are said to berepparttar garden gnomes favorite activities. It is also said that garden gnomes have made practical jokes an art form, so watch out! You never know what your garden gnome might be planning.

These cute little garden gnomes are justrepparttar 135150 thing to add some personality and fun to your garden. Place them in clusters or scatter them throughoutrepparttar 135151 yard. It’s always fun to come upon a garden gnome slightly hidden from plain view. Garden gnomes are a delightful addition to any outdoor setting.

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