Attracting and Caring for Hummingbirds

Written by Johann Erickson

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Good choices of food producing plants for hummingbirds includes such trees or bushes as Azaleas, Mimosa, Weigela, Cape Honeysuckle and Flowering Quince. Another semi-permanent attraction is a perennial bed with Bee Balm, Columbine, Lupine, Coral Bells and Canna. You can also plant a wide range of annuals like Fuschia, Impatiens, Petunias and Firespike, but consider growing some of your own plants from seed, as many flowers that are nursery grown, tend not to have as much nectar. Hummers will be overjoyed to discover this bonanza of blooms, andrepparttar tiny bugs that constituterepparttar 139201 protein source of their diet.

To make sure you enjoy these little feathered friends forrepparttar 139202 whole season, hang some hummingbird feeders around your patio or gardens. But make sure there is a bit of distance between them, to avoidrepparttar 139203 squabbles, which can be quite a sight!

Because hummers are attracted to red flowers, you’ll find many ofrepparttar 139204 hummingbird feeders available, are also colored red. This isn’t an absolute necessity, but it can be a bright spot in your garden. Andrepparttar 139205 feeders come in all kinds of charming shapes from a hanging bunch of grapes, to a giant strawberry.

Commercial powdered “food” formula is available, but you can easily make your own by combining one part sugar to four parts water, and boiling it for two minutes, then cooling and storing inrepparttar 139206 fridge. Never use honey, which can ferment, or red dye, which can be harmful torepparttar 139207 birds.

Only fill your hummingbird feeders torepparttar 139208 one-third or halfway mark, as it would take many birds to emptyrepparttar 139209 contents, andrepparttar 139210 feeders will need cleaning every few days to preventrepparttar 139211 occurrence of mold. Wash in mild dish detergent, with no more than 10% bleach, and rinse several times. If you have mold insiderepparttar 139212 feeder, and can’t reach it with a bottle brush, put some sand in withrepparttar 139213 water, and swish that back and forth, untilrepparttar 139214 mold is rubbed off.

Hummingbird Trivia
  • The hummingbird is so small, that an insect,repparttar 139215 Praying Mantis is its natural enemy.
  • They arerepparttar 139216 only bird that can hover, and fly backwards as well as straight up or down
  • Hummingbirds can’t walk
  • The average life of a hummingbird is 3-4 years, although one specimen was caught in 1976 in Colorado, banded, and captured again in 1987

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The Hosta – A Shade Loving Perennial

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

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For instance, a partly shaded walk way along side your home would make a perfect candidate for this combination, plantrepparttar shrubs or tall perennials alongrepparttar 139152 back next torepparttar 139153 house withrepparttar 139154 Hostas placed in front can look quite stunning.

A large shade tree in our front yard looked like a good candidate for dressing up and because ofrepparttar 139155 success ofrepparttar 139156 birdbath Hostas of course I decided to try more aroundrepparttar 139157 tree.

Using a tiller we formed a circle aroundrepparttar 139158 base and mixed good topsoil intorepparttar 139159 existing dirt, edgedrepparttar 139160 circle with bricks, all that was need now wererepparttar 139161 plants.

I spent several days’ scouring local nurseries looking for Hostas in different colors and leaf textures.

Armed with six new plants of moderate size – I’m one of those impatient gardeners – I staggered them aroundrepparttar 139162 tree, put down a thick layer of cedar mulch then for decorative accent added several groups of unusual looking rocks found inrepparttar 139163 woods, a family of resin squirrels also found a home sitting aroundrepparttar 139164 plants.

It really looked great and I just knew byrepparttar 139165 following year with regular watering and feeding those six plants would be larger, fuller and gorgeous.

Several days later while doing my daily walk around to look for anything new, I noticed something strange aroundrepparttar 139166 tree inrepparttar 139167 front yard. Getting closer things really looked funny.

It took a moment to realize there were no longer leafy plants growing there, just a bunch of green stems. This was how I learned that Hostas happen to be a favorite before dinner snack for deer.

Therefore my advice is if you live in an area populated with those brown eyed beauties and your going to give Hosta growing a go make sure to spray them with a safe repellant periodically from their emergence inrepparttar 139168 spring untilrepparttar 139169 first frost inrepparttar 139170 fall.

So for those shady areas think about planting Hostas, after all they are a whole lot more than scraggly looking lettuce.

This is a share ware article. Give this article away for free on your site, or include it as part of any paid package as long asrepparttar 139171 entire article is left intact including this notice. Copyright © 2005 bonnie carrier.

Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating & Savvy Outdoor Decorating. She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very spoiled 4yr old Blue Merle Sheltie named Toby. Stop by for information and ideas for both inside and outside your home.

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