Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Make a Hummingbird Heaven in Your Yard

Make a Hummingbird Heaven in Your Yard - How To
Adapted from The Hummingbird Garden, by Matthew Tekulsky (Harvard Common Press, 1990).

SIMPLE SOLUTION: Here is a listing of some of the hummingbird’s favorite flowers and shrubs, plus a description of an easy-to-make hummingbird feeder that really works. Find out how to make your yard a hummingbird heaven, right here:
Some favored cultivated flowers and flowering trees and shrubs:

acacia, apple, crabapple, azalea, begonia, bird of paradise, bleeding heart, blood-red trumpet vine, bougainvillea, camellia, catnip, Chinese lantern, columbine, crape myrtle, dahlia, daylily, delphinium, eucalyptus, evening primrose, flame vine, foxglove, fuchsia, geranium, gladiolus, globe thistle, ground ivy, hibiscus, hollyhock, honeysuckle, hosta, hummingbird bush, impatiens, iris, jasmine, lavender, lilac, lily, lobelia, lupine, mint, morning glory, nasturtium, periwinkle, petunia, phlox, pink, primrose, rhododendron, rose of Sharon, sage, snapdragon, sweet William, verbena, weigela, wisteria, zinnia.

Some favored wildflowers:

Bee balm, wild bergamot, bluebells, bluebonnet, bouncing bet, scarlet Bavaria, butterfly weed, columbine, currant, desert bell, figwort, firecracker flower, fireweed, honeysuckle, jewelweed, black locust, mountain laurel, paintbrush, penstemon, redbud, snowberry, Solomon’s seal, thistle, trumpet flower, wallflower, wood betony.

An easy hummingbird feeder:

A small glass bottle with a rubber stopper that fits snugly into the bottle’s mouth; a narrow curved glass tube that is placed in a hole in the center of the rubber stopper; a red plastic tip with a small hole in the center of it that covers the end of the plastic tube.

Fill this feeder with:

Sugar-water solution

Four parts water to 1 part granulated sugar. Boil the mixture for a couple of minutes to dissolve the sugar and destroy harmful microorganisms. (Add a little extra water to your solution so it doesn’t get too concentrated in boiling. Too-sweet solution is harmful to hummingbirds.)

Excess solution may be safely stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

AVOID honey, artificial sweeteners, or any food coloring in your sugar-water. And please be sure to clean and refill your feeders at least once a week--more often if feeders are placed in direct sunlight-- to prevent the growth of molds and bacteria which could be fatal to your hummingbirds.

Hang the feeders among the plants or trees in your yard.



Blogger "Early Bird" said...

I've got one! One little hummer...I've changed the month old syrup and planted red and pink geraniums...maybe he will be back and bring friends...fingers crossed!

May 24, 2007 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

We always get hummingbirds here at our feeders...I made a batch of syrup two days ago and it's already almost empty so must make some more today. We have a lot of those plants around so maybe that's why we never have any problems attracting them:-) xox

May 24, 2007 at 2:09 PM  

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