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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Feeding and Attracting Hummingbirds


I have been making my own Hummingbird food for years and it is very easy. About a week and a half ago I noticed my first Hummingbird so I made some food and cleaned my feeders.
The recipe is 4 Cups water to 1 Cup white cane sugar.
You can boil your water first and add the sugar or you can add the sugar to the water without boiling first.
I find it just as easy to boil and add. For me it dissolve faster but if you do not have the time to wait for it to cool down go with straight from the tap. At the website I'm referring to gives a great deal of helpful instructions on feeding from a feeder.
This great website has wonderful information and I have given some of what they provide but I would suggest you go there to really get more than what little I shared from them.



There is more about not using  pesticides and insecticide in or around your garden.
Hummers eat a great deal of small soft bodied insects along with the nectar from flowers or your feeder.

Plants to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds

Trees and Shrubs

  • Azalea
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
  • Cape Honeysuckle
  • Flame Acanthus
  • Flowering Quince
  • Lantana
  • Manzanita
  • Mimosa
  • Red Buckeye
  • Tree Tobacco
  • Turk's Cap
  • Weigela

Vines

  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Cypress Vine
  • Morning Glory
  • Scarlet Runner Bean
  • Trumpet Creeper


Some may be annuals or perennials depending on climate.Flowers

Perennials

  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Canna
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Columbine
  • Coral Bells
  • Four O'Clocks
  • Foxglove
  • Hosta
  • Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
  • Little Cigar
  • Lupine
  • Penstemon
  • Yucca

Annuals

  • Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
  • Firespike
  • Fuchsia
  • Impatiens
  • Jacobiana
  • Jewelweed
  • Petunia
  • Various Salvia species
  • Shrimp Plant
NOTE: Japanese Honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds, too, but it's an invasive and troublesome exotic species that's no longer recommended.
Courtesy of Hummingbird.net


I had watched this video when it was on our local PBS channel but you can watch here at PBS Video
It is amazing




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