Happy Friday. Boy, 4 day work weeks are the toughest, don’t you think? I’m so glad the weekend is near. I’ve been working in the yard a lot, mainly weeding and clean up and some pots.
One of my most favorite things to do in the summertime on the weekend is too wake up early, take my coffee outside and in the quiet of the morning, just listen to the birds. We decided to move the bird feeders away from the side fence and out towards the golf course. The seed tends to attract rats sometimes and as long as there away from the house I’m okay. Rats need to eat to.
Here’s a great tip. Microwave your birdseed for a minute and it will sop the germination. That way, when the birds push seed on the ground weeds won’t grow.
I don’t want to forget my Hummingbirds. I’ve named them, Downtown Freddy Brown and Rudy. Our two feeders sit right outside our family room windows. These two have been around for the last 4 years and they stay all year around. If you want the best secret recipe for Hummer Nectar, see my previously post here.
Enjoy the weekend!
Yesterday I posted an article on Plants that attract Hummingbirds. I got a few responses from my Facebook friends.
K wants everyone to know that Foxgloves are poisonous for kids. Since this plant spreads by seed and an pop up anywhere just be aware.
My friend D and his wife S have transformed their backyard into a breathtaking peaceful getaway. All the plants you see in the following two pictures attract hummingbirds. Gorgeous, right? Thanks D & S.
My friend L sent me the link to this video about the Alaska Hummingbird. You’ve got to watch this!
I love hummingbirds. I’ve talked about these beautiful wonders in several other posts. In fact, I have a special category just for Hummingbirds.
Summer is the best time to plant a Hummingbird garden. Below are some of the nest flowers that BHG recommends.
Bee Balm is a perennial so it will come back every year . The red is so deep and rich. You’ll also find that butterflies like this to.
Purple Phlox. What precious delicate flower petals.
Hollyhock. I’ve had really good luck growing these tall spiked flowers straight from the seed packet in to the ground.
The Butterfly Bush is a Humming bird favorite because the flowers are so good smelling! Pair this with Bee Balm you will have a winning combination. Give the butterfly bush plenty of room. It will grow 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
Honeysuckle is another favorite. I have some of this growing in the natural greenbelt next to my house and I can hear the hummers whirling about.
I’ve also got some Foxglove growing in the greenbelt. Warning, the seeds spread long and far. Plant a couple and your likely to have these 6 foot tall plants popping up everywhere. At least that has been my experience.
Thanks BHG for the awesome pics. You can order any or all of these plants by going to the BHG Garden Store. You can also get a free guide to perennials when you join the BHG email list.
Note: Better Home and Gardens has not asked me to market them and I am not receiving anything from them. I just plain love their magazine and website and love what they have to share.
If you are reading about Hummingbirds for the first time see my post on Humming Bird food Secret Recipe.
What kind of a Hummingbird feeder do you use? I started with the standard $12.00 red plastic with the clear glass tube that holds the nectar. But it was so boring, so plain. Today I’m sharing with you every feeder I have bought since my initial purchase and why they are all currently sitting in the garage. Here we go….
This feeder is sleek, green and for some reason, the hummers never wanted to eat from it. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. Maybe that’s why.
Isn’t this a pretty one. It’s the perfect color red, but they didn’t like this one either. I think because the hummingbirds that come visit my house like to sit on a perch and this feeder does not have one.
This feeder is closer; it’s red, it has a perch, but the ants get inside of it and it leaks…..gross!
I really like this feeder. Painted so pretty, but the probem with it is the hummers had a problem with it and I’m not sure why.
So I’m back to where I began with the standard $12.00 red plastic with the clear glass tube that holds the nectar. It’s perfect; in fact I have several. Here’s a picture I took late in the day…remember, I am not a photo expert!
Have a good one!
Upfront I just want to say these are not my pictures. I did not point the camera and shoot. I’m envious and think that the perosn that took thses pics must have a whole lot of talent. I was cleaning pics and folders out on my computer tonight and I found these incredible photos in a folder of pics I have dowloaded from the computer.
Now, I will tell you that several years ago during a very cold winter we put our feeders in the garage at night so the nectar wouldn’t freeze. In the morning my hubby would take the feeders out to the backyard. I don’t have a picture of it but before he could hang the feeders the hummingbirds swarmed him and latched on to the feeders.
I think that’t the reason why I downloaded these pictures. They are so incredible. I hope you enjoy them….
This is just so cool! I wish that was my hand.
Looks like the lid of a feeder….
Hope you enjoy. Check out my first blog entry under hummingbirds for my neighbors hummer secret recipe. OOPs, I guess it isn’t secret anymore!
Taken by a friend from work with a really good camera
Hummingbird Fact # 1…..
For those of you that live where I do in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we have two kinds of Hummingbirds in Washington, the Rufus and the Anna.
The male Rufus hummingbirds have a bright red throat (like the one in the picture in this post) and a rusty colored back. The female Rufus are green and white with brown fringed sides. They are supposed to migrate south in the fall and come back in the spring. But as I have explained before, I keep my feeders out all winter with the special recipe and they have not left for 2 years. (See previous blog post for secret recipe)
The Anna males have sides that are green and their throat and top of their head is a dark rose color. The female is fairly plain as her rose colored patch is on her throat and unless close up, you may not be able to see it.
What I find is both the Anna and the Rufus come visit and feed and they do so at the same time. I have to keep two feeders and a bit apart from one another. They don’t seem to like to eat on the same feeder at the same time and they dive bomb each other if it happens. It kind of reminds me of that one scene in Top Gun when Maverick is up in the air and the enemy is swirling around him and his pilot friends. Good mental visual, right?
If you don’t have your hummingbird feeders out yet I’ll give you some tips on that tomorrow. Have a good day!
Taken by a friend from work with a really good camera
Outside my family room window are two hummingbird feeders. Hummingbirds usually leave the Northwest for the winter. Thanks to my neighbor’s “Hummer Food Secret Recipe”, my little friends never leave. My husband weekly cleans out the feeders and refills them with fresh liquid. In fact, two winters ago when it was very cold and snowy, he would put the feeders in the garage at night to avoid freezing. One particular morning when he was walking back out with them, the Hummers could not wait for the feeders to be hung and just latched onto them while he carried them. It was AWESOME!!!! So, here is the recipe, but here is the other trick…..my hubby doubles the sugar content in the winter as the Hummers need extra sugar energy when it is cold. Just remember, feed them and they will come!
Hummer Food Secret Recipe: Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Boil and refrigerate before filling feeders.