About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your GardenWritten by Lesley Dietschy
Visualize watching a bright green hummingbird in your garden moving from flower to flower in search of tasty nectar within. These beautiful and tiny birds weigh about 2 to 20 grams and are found in a wide variety of environments from high Andes to lowlands, and from dry desert areas to rainforests. They have slender beaks, extensible tongues, ten primary feathers, and tiny feet suitable for perching but not walking.
Hummingbirds can fly straight up, straight down, backwards, left, right, and even upside down. While most birds obtain their flight strength only from down stroke, hummingbirds have power on up stroke as well.
Most hummingbirds flap their wings about fifty times a second and have a very fast heartbeat and high body temperature. They feed every ten minutes or so throughout day and typically consume two-thirds of their body weight in a single day. Their source of nutrition is primarily nectar from flowers, as well as sources of protein from insects and tiny spiders.
The key to attracting hummingbirds to your garden mainly consists of right type of flowers and places where they can perch and rest during day, such as trees or large plants. Hummingbirds are guided by visual means and are particularly attracted to certain shades of red. According to The Hummingbird Society, there are several possible explanations for their preference of red blossoms. Given that insects also see nectar, they can be regarded as competitors. Nearly all insects see well in visible and near-ultraviolet light but poorly in red end of spectrum. Also, a red blossom may appear nearly black and unattractive to a number of insects, but not to hummingbird, which can see full visible spectrum but also some in ultraviolet. This makes it less likely that an insect has taken nectar from a red flower. Another likely explanation is that during migration, red blossoms effectively contrast with a green environment more than other colored flowers do.
Hummingbirds are welcomed guests to nearly all gardens. By planting flowering shrubs and plants that are their favored food source, we can easily attract them to become regular visitors to our gardens. Below is a short list of their preferred flowering plants by common name, separated by region:
Garden Gnomes to add whimsey to your gardenWritten by Johann Erickson
Garden gnomes are a fun addition to your garden, patio or landscaping. Adding a perfect touch of whimsy, you can count on a garden gnome to always put a smile on your face. Besides their obvious charm, garden gnomes are also believed to bring good luck to your garden. After all, a garden gnomes is supposed to help with your gardening!
First appearing in 1840s in England, Garden gnomes are popular figures in all types of gardens. The whimsy and merriment of garden gnomes make them ideal decorations. Put a garden gnome at base of a flowering bush, reclining by a flower bed, or peeking around edge of your patio, and you’ll have a delightful companion for your garden.
There are hundreds of types of Garden gnomes to choose from. Practical jokers, such as garden gnomes that appear to have their head stuck in ground add a generous helping of humor. Antique reproduction garden gnomes look like busy