About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden

Written by Lesley Dietschy

Visualize watching a bright green hummingbird in your garden moving from flower to flower in search ofrepparttar tasty nectar within. These beautiful and tiny birds weigh about 2 to 20 grams and are found in a wide variety of environments fromrepparttar 135405 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 fromrepparttar 135406 down stroke, hummingbirds have power onrepparttar 135407 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 throughoutrepparttar 135408 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 ofrepparttar 135409 right type of flowers and places where they can perch and rest duringrepparttar 135410 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 inrepparttar 135411 visible and near-ultraviolet light but poorly inrepparttar 135412 red end ofrepparttar 135413 spectrum. Also, a red blossom may appear nearly black and unattractive to a number of insects, but not torepparttar 135414 hummingbird, which can seerepparttar 135415 full visible spectrum but also some inrepparttar 135416 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 garden

Written 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 inrepparttar 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 atrepparttar 135150 base of a flowering bush, reclining by a flower bed, or peeking aroundrepparttar 135151 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 inrepparttar 135152 ground add a generous helping of humor. Antique reproduction garden gnomes look like busy

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