Category Archives: Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Magnet ‘Jacob Cline’

Do you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard? It is true that the tiny birds favor red flowers, and one of their favorites is Monarda (bee balm) ‘Jacob Cline’: This perennial grows 3 to 4 feet tall and as … Continue reading

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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Now is the time to decide what plants you might like to grow to attract hummingbirds to your yard this summer and fall. In my Zone 5 garden one of the perennials that the tiny birds visit regularly is bee … Continue reading

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A Hummingbird Farewell

I could barely step outside without spotting a tiny hummingbird hovering over my zinnias or salvias. From mid-June to early October they sipped nectar and rested on the arbor that stretches over my daylilies. To me, hummingbirds represent warm days, … Continue reading

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A Hummingbird Treat

Hummingbirds made their first appearance in my backyard much earlier than normal this summer. I saw my first one in mid-June. Hummingbirds will engage in crazy aerial acrobatics to defend their nesting and food territories, so I rarely see more … Continue reading

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Hungry Hummers

There are still a few hummingbirds hanging around my backyard flowers. They are fattening up before they take off on their long migration to Central America which can include a non-stop, 500-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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Summer is Waning

Summer is disappearing fast. I can tell because not only are winter coats starting to appear in the clothing stores (!), but some of the birds are already starting to migrate. I have at least 3 female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds sipping … Continue reading

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Nicotiana ‘Whisper Mix’

I was looking for something new to plant in the back of my flowerbeds, so I decided to give ‘Whisper Mix’ nicotiana a try. This new nicotiana (flowering tobacco) grows 3 to 4 feet tall with flowers that open white … Continue reading

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A Moment of Relaxation

Hummingbirds move so fast that the only time I really get to examine them is in photographs. Usually they just hover above the flowers sipping nectar, but I caught this female coming in for a landing and a little rest … Continue reading

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Colorful Cardinal Flowers

One of the best hummingbird plants you can grow is the native wildflower Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower). They grow 2-4 feet tall and love moist soil. You can grow them in regular garden soil if you remember to water them … Continue reading

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Wyalusing

We needed a change of scenery this past weekend, so my husband and my best friend and I drove to Western Wisconsin to the Great River Road along the Mississippi. During our drive we made an impromptu visit to Wyalusing … Continue reading

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