Viewing tabasco's Garden Diary: Hummingbird Project for our Cincinnati Garden
We live on a wooded lot adjointing Woodland Mound park, a forest of 1500 acres and are lucky to have many Ruby-throated hummingbirds visiting our property. To welcome our flying jewels we have planted a variety of hummingbird friendly nectar plants around the property.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Some favorite HB plants for our regionFrom 'hummersteve' in Indianapolis (who has a very large population of hummers in his yard).
Now during migration I dont think hummers are all that picky and uses all the flowers that I have that bloomed. I too have a space problem so I have to take of advantage and use what they like best, it is also hard to pick and different areas will have different flowers that work well and it is also hard to pin it down to one or two so I will list my top 5.
#1. Coral Honeysuckle
2. Salvia black and blue/green and blue
3. Agastache tutti frutti
4. Coccinea lady in red/ coral nymph
5. Cuphea Shumannii [orange cuphea]
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Hummingbird Plants from a DGer's Store//www.garden-hut.com/plants-cuttings/plants/cat_32.html
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Lilies for Hummingbirds
Comments from the Lily Garden website about lilies for hummingbirds:
also Goltonia from bulbs: //www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/summer/productview/?sku=72-01
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tropical Plants for HummingbirdsSeveral cupheas are popular with HBs:
[[email protected]] a large cuphea that is a nectar plant for both hummingbirds and swallowtail and other butterflies.
also Cuphea, 'David Verity' is a good hummingbird attractant //www.maryannfink.com/Images/Too%20Cute%20Cuphea%20David%20Verity.pdf
Iochroma cyaneum the Royal Purple Queen from the Athens Select program: //msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg09/sg090723.html
The Glasshouse Works has an interesting list of Hummingbird tropicals to consider: //www.glasshouseworks.com/hummingbirdbutterfly.html
Hummingbird bush (Hamelia)
Pentas lanceolate 'Red Butterfly'
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Kentucky Extension List of Good HB Flowers//www.ca.uky.edu/agc/PUBS/for/for97/for97.htm
red, Ohio, or yellow buckeye (Aesculus pavia, A. glabra, A. octandra).
sweet or mountain pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia and C. acuminata).
rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheustos).
Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina).
native deciduous azaleas (Rhododendron nudiflorum, R. roseum, R. calendulaceum, R. cumberlandense, R. arborescens).
rhododendrons (R. maximum and R. catawbiense).
trumpet creeper (Campis radicans).
crossvine (Bignonia capreolata).
coral or trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempivirens).
passionflower (Passiflora incarnata).
flowering tobacco (Nicotania spp.).
scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea).
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia spp.).
Think about using native wildflowers. The very best hummingbird flower is the cardinal flower, native to Kentucky. Others include:
Spring woodland species:
alumroot (Heuchera spp.).
copper or red iris.
round-leafed and Carolina pink.
various species of phlox, skullcap and beardtongue.
Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica).
wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).
bee balm, or Oswego tea (Monarda didyma).
false dragonhead, or obedient plant.
gayfeather or blazingstar.
One native annual that is a good self-seeder in the garden is jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Cupheas for the Hummingbirds 2009Two tropical plants highly recommended by midwestern gardeners for the Hummingbirds:
Cuphea David Verity and the C. schumanii are the very best.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Springtime Hummingbird Plants for Imhoffhaven 2009We have these shrubs, perennials and trees in our garden (2009) for springtime Hummingbird nectar plants:
Coral Bells (Heuchera Purple Palace) 25
Lilacs 5 (both white and purple which bloom for about a 6 weeks)
Buckeye Trees 5 (very floriferous, but they are white/yellow blossoms and I would love to have Red Buckeyes)
Azaleas (ours are purple to lavendar) 5 Haven't seen HBs nectaring on them.
Crab Apples 2 The HBs definitely hang around these although I haven't seen them obviously nectaring.
Columbines (Aquilegia) ours are not native (canadenses) but I have seen HBs nectaring on them once in a while)
Dogwood (one large tree and one red twig shrub)
Serviceberries (2) large
Tulips (bright red) and I have seen HBs checking them out. Perhaps the tulips catch their attention from above.
Hyacinths (purple and wine colored) I have seen HBs checking them out.
Daffodils (about 1000) but I haven't noticed much interest in these. Very fragrant, though.
Eremurus 10 tall orange and yellow. I don't see this plant listed as a hummingbird plant, but I do see the HBs checking it out in our garden. I think it serves as a springtime 'beacon' to HBs passing through the area.
Prunus (wild cherry) 2 I have not seen the HBs nectaring but I think they nest here (but these shrubs/trees are out of view of the windows so I can't really tell).
Spring bloomers to acquire:
Red Bud trees
Checkerberry ground cover
Flame Azalea with Spanish Bluebells
Replant bright red tulips
Spanish Bluebell bulbs
Seeds to Wintersow or otherwise start: Columbine Canadenses and other tall single Aquilegia, Foxglove (Digitalis), Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium), Native Larkspur (?), red hollyhocks.
These particular plants were named early spring HB plants for KY by the KY Extension:
copper or red iris (Iris fulva).
fire (Silene virginica) pink.
round-leafed pink (S. rotundifolia).
Carolina pink (S. caroliniana var. wherryi).
columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
various species of phlox (Phlox spp.), skullcap (Scutellaria spp.), and beardtongue (Penstemon spp).
Additional Comments from Hummingbird Forum members: //www.network54.com/Forum/439743/thread/1249824648/last-1249923233/Recommendation+for+a+spring+flowering+tree+in+zone+6
A photo of our front garden on May 5 2009.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Summertime Blooming Plants in our Garden for the Hummingbirds (2009)Monarda wine colored
Monarda rose colored (Jacob Cline succumbed to mildew)
Lily species (yellow and beautiful but we must obtain some red ones)
Daylilies tall red ones, especially tall red late bloomers. I see HBs checking them out.
Cleome Very tall violet Queens. Reseeds. We have a few purchased 'sparklers' but they are not tall enough.
Holly hocks tall single mix (must save red seeds for next year)
Coral Bells (second bloom). Can divide.
Salvia Black and Blue (must try to overwinter in garage and replant in large pot for next year)
Verbena Bonarienses very popular, grown from seed and naturally reseeding.
Verbena Homestead (about 5 plants) homestead purple and something else. Pots on deck and the HBs check these out when they go to the feeders. Try to overwinter?
These are the tithonias/Mexican Sunflowers started June 15 from seed in large pots. We will move these to the sun garden when they are ready to bloom. Last year the HBs loved them.
Lantana a red/pink variety that we placed on a shepherd's hook for better visibility.
Ipomea x multifida Cardinal Climber late to bloom (August). Don't over fertilize for more bloom and less greens. On deck in pyramid pot but needs more sun.
Tithonia/Mexican sunflower started from seed late.. Planted in large pots for portability. So far so good.
Zinnias Benary's Giants and Zowies. Planted in pots.
Milkweeds Asclepias incarnata. Planted for the butterflies but I see hummers checking them out.
Honeysuckles Major Wheeler and Dropmore Scarlet both in pots. First year for them. Overwinter in garage.
Hibiscus a deep burgundy red single (2). Haven't seen HBs nectaring on them, but they are mostly out of view.
Liatris spicata planted 50 bulbs mostly for Butterflies but the HBs check them out.
Liatris Ligulstylus 32 new tiny plants this year from Prairie Moon nursery. Mostly for Monarchs, but we will watch for HB interest.
Eremurus Orange. 10. Blooms in early June and I think the hummers like them.
Echinaceas/Coneflowers about 20 plants. Some started from seed. Ruby Giants, and natives among others. Can't tell if there is a preference for one kind or another. Did not plant any of the modern hybrids such as the Big Sky series (at least none of these I grew from past years survived). I planted coneflowers mostly for the Butterflies but the HBs like them too.
Agastache Blue 2 large plants of these but I rarely see the HBs checking them out. May try Apricot Sprite again.
Touch me nots/ native impatiens. These border the woods and I have seen the HBs nectaring on them. Bloom in July.
Salvias. I have not tried many Salvias this year because in years past they did not thrive due to lack of good sunshine. We may try salvias at Prilla where there is abundant sun. I have loads of seeds to try to start from Gerris, Everwilde and Yvonne Salvia from nice people on Garden Web.
Salvia Black and Blue. The one salvia we did try this year. Some limited bloom (not enough sun?). We will try to overwinter and give it a better spot next year. I would like to see this 'take off' in the garden since everyone says it's so great. This is the second year we tried it. We must remember to take cuttings of this one.
Summer Blooming Plants and Shrubs to acquire for the HBs:
Abelia Glossy or Asian. I have read that these are great for the Swallowtail BFs and may be good for the HBs too.
Salvias. I must make a concerted effort to start these from seed next spring. If we can't use them here, we can use them at Prilla.
Monarda Jacob Cline? Maybe for Prilla. I would like to start from cuttings/roots.
Verbascum. Early summer bloomers. Wintersow.
Digitalis. Wintersow or start seeds now.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Suggested HB Plants from Nancy Newfield's article//220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:OWbsMolelcoJ:www.windstar.org/knowledge_center_article.cfm%3FarticleID%3D602+twinberry+rubythroat&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
Favorites mentioned in the article include:
Salvias, Canna, Beebalm, Honeysuckles, Hibiscus, Flowering Quince, Columbine, Daylilies, Trumpet Creeper, Zinnia and Cardinal Flower.
We have most of these in our garden, but are lacking Trumpet Creeper and Cardinal Flower. We have tried both of these in the past but did not have success with them.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Suggested HB Plants from Bob in Southwest Ohio on Hummingbird ForumThis is our "must have" list every year and where the hummers seem to spend the most time.
#1 - Salvia Black & Blue (Salvia guaranitica Black & Blue)
#2 - Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea and hybrids Coral Nymph and Lady in Red)
#3 - Red Bee Balm (Monarda Jacob Cline)
#4 - Cardinal Flower (Lobelia Cardinalis)
#5 - Cuphea "David Verity"
Best new plant for 2007 so far - Cuphea Micropetala. [[email protected]]
I read that it has 2 bloom periods - spring and fall, which may lower it's ranking, but, right now, it's about a foot high, in full bloom and the first plant the hummers hit. We have it in a container on the deck right next to blooming salvia coccineas and salvia guaraniticas.
And additiona 'best hummer plant' listings from Garden web: //forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hummingbird/msg081555409666.html
And the Hummingbird Forum Members "Top 5 Hummingbird Plants" thread: //www.network54.com/Forum/439743/thread/1179168898/Your+personal+top+5+hummer+plants
Friday, July 24, 2009
Salvias and other HB plants suggested by Steve in Indyblack and blue,
lady in red ,
and licorice mint[agas. rupestris
Steve has fantastic luck attracting HBs to his suburban garden and these are some of the plants he uses.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Hummingbirds 2009 SeasonWe spotted our first hummingbird around April 20th this year 2009. A bit later than years before. We seem to have a fairly nice community of them; we often see five or even six at a time now, which is rather a nice number for this early in the season. We have seven feeders up all over the yard, but interestingly, the one they much prefer is the little square feeder on the dining room window held up by a suction cup. The birds often line up and wait for this one even though other feeders are ready and waiting. I think this is because the Woodpeckers have discovered our nectar feeders and have taken them over for all intents and purposes. And then the hummers shy away.
As far as Hummingbird plants in the garden: we planted a nice stand of red and pink hollyhocks out front that I have seen them checking out. We also have a large stand of purple cleome to catch their eye, along with some various magenta and red nectar flowers, coneflowers, monardas,zinnias, lythrum, asclepias, red daylilies, etc. I noticed them nectaring on some of our foxglove early in the season, and I must remember to plant more and taller selections next year. They were visiting both violet and white digitalis. I also saw them nectaring on the 'touch me nots' that line the woodland lot line. How they could find the flower is beyond me, since it is buried deep in the greens. We have two Cardinal Climber vines planted in containers hoping for late summer blooms on them. They are said to be a tropical vine favorite of Hummingbirds.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Penstemons for the Hummingbirds//www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~awolfe/Penstemon/Penstemon.html#toc
I purchased 'Hummingbird Penstemon" garden bells from Renee's seeds especially for the hummingbirds.
Will wintersow part of the pack and put some seeds under lights this week.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Clematis for HummingbirdsHummingbirds have been reported nectaring on these clematis:
C. texensis, macropetala, orientalis, armandii and most definitely terniflora (sweet autumn clematis).
Species clematis seem to be the most popular with the HBs. The fancy big flowered ones don't seem to have as much nectar...
These are our new clematis from Silver Vinery. And 3 new Coral Honeysuckles from e-bay and Greenfield Plant Farm. We have to find spots for them in the garden.
We moved the large coral and yellow honeysuckle to Prilla to allow it more sunshine and to keep the mildew at bay.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Salvias in our Hummingbird Garden 2008I am trying some Salvias from seed this spring--
1. Salvia praeclara
2. Salvia subrotunda (germinated)
3. Salvia Yvonne
4. Salvia (from Gerris 2 can't recall name right now).
5. Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'
6. Salvia coccinea 'Hummingbird Lady in Red'
7. Salvia farinacea 'Evolution'
8. Salvia x superba 'Merleau'
9. Salvia splendens 'Sahara'
10. Salvia splendens 'Blue Ribbon'
11. Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'
12. Salvia nemorosa ssp. tesquicola
13. Salvia patens 'BlueBand Mix'
14. Salvia przewalskii
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Nectar plants for Northern Gardens from Dane County 'Nectar News'Kathi and Michael Rock from Madison Wisconsin have created a hummingbird garden and document the attractiveness and garden-worthiness of various hummingbird nectar plants they grow. The 'Nectar News' is full of details on their successes and info on their not so successful plants, too.
A List of favorite nectar plants and sources: [[email protected]]
Among plants they have grown successfully and found attractive to RTH are:
Salvia greggi 'Navajo Red'--highly recommended for northern gardens
Agastache mexicana--'this will be a winner in your hummingbird garden'
Brazillian Blue Sage--they say it's better than Guarnica Black and Blue
Salvia darcyi--A very good garden performer and popular with the HBs
Salvia ‘Silke’s Dream’ --available from Plants Delight and a cross of Salvia darcyi
Salvia ‘Hot Lips’--Very attractive to fall migrating hummingbirds and highly recommended
Salvia ‘Waverly’ --a relative to the Mexican Bush Sage and is highly recommended
Salvia Purple Majesty--Continues to perform well in their garden and attracts HBs
Salvia coccinea--A longtime favorite of Hummingbirds and grows well in their garden from seed (Select Seeds)
Also red monarda, trumpet honeysuckle, salvia guarnica and canna indica. They said they simply would never be without the honeysuckle, canna indica and cuphea.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Hummingbird Report Summer/Fall 2007This year we had a pretty good showing of hummingbirds. All ruby throateds but we will keep a watch this winter for some exotics, too of course.
We had four feeders up this summer which I tried to keep filled and cleaned however we travelled a couple of weeks and they missed servicing during those times. We also had a dreadful drought this summer which I think caused difficulties with some of the HB breeding behaviours. We did try to run the sprinklers quite often in the evenings for the birds and they seemed to like it.
Our garden was particularly nice this year for the HBs. The honesuckle did not experience its usual mildewing and we added vines of Ipomoea quamlit and Ipomoea (something else) little red flowers. I also got cuttings for Trumpet vines at the Spring RU which should be very nice next year. Lots of HB interest in the zinnias, verbena bonarienses, tithonia this summer too.
We had maybe 4 to 6 around each day. I saw 6 at a time several times at the front feeder. A bit less than years past and I think it was because of the drought.
I just saw a hummingbird today, the 13th of October. It may very well be our last sighting, but I put out fresh nectar just in case. I still have many flowers in the garden. In fact, this one was on the verbena bonarienses. Our first bird appeared about April 22 (can't quite recall).
Tim Tolford at Miami University is running a HB study this year and I hope to have something to report to him.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Hummingbird Arrival DatesApril 2006 Saw Hummingbirds April 14, 2006 on the way to the golf course.
April 2006 Had Hummingbirds (2) at our feeders April 26, 2007.
April 2009 Had a Hummingbird at the feeder April 18
April 2010 Had a Hummingbird at the deck feeder April 17 (although I think I heard and saw two a couple of weeks ago but can't positively ID)
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Last Hummingbird for the 2006 Season?
It looks like our last Hummingbirds for the season visited on October 1, since we haven't sighted any since Sunday. By mid-September most of ours had left town, but we still had two to four feeding at the flowers and feeders everyday until until this week. Now, no visitors at all.
We took down all but one of our Hummingbird feeders yesterday and cleaned and stored them away. I left the bright red plastic feeder out in the front garden near the late blooming Cardinal Flowers (bright red), thinking if any wayward wanderers pass through they might like a drink. Or, if one of the straying exotic rufous HBs come through, they may stop for a photo opportunity!
I already miss them and look forward to their return in Springtime. Last April we spotted our first HBs on April 11 but we didn't see any at our feeders until April 24th, I think. Monarch Watch had reports of HBs in the Cincy area this spring around April 6, I believe.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Vines, Shrubs and Trees to Attract Wildlife in Our AreaUniversity of Kentucky Extension:
Monday, September 4, 2006
Agastaches especially for Hummingbirds & Butterflies
A thread from Garden Web that covers all the details on Agastaches for HBs.
Rich Dufresne's observations on best salvias and agastache's for hummers and butterflies
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens "Awesome Agastache" article with recommendations for hardiness and hummingbirds
Red daylilies, buddleia and gaillardia under the HB feeder in the front island garden Summer 2006
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Tropical Hummingbird Plants (purchased August 15 2006)
I purchased several tropical flowering plants (60% off at H. L. Behnken Nurseries) August 15 thinking they would be attractive hummingbird plants. I have noted little interest in any of them. I intend to try to over winter these plants in the basement or garage.
Bleeding Heart Vine
Unknown purple plant
Coral Honeysuckle from last season
Some crocosmia and buddleia and a pot of Monarda under the HB Feeder near the driveway are also posted.
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Often-visited Hummingbird plants in Kristin Williams GardenKristin W. in a 'Garden Web' post reported these flowers were especially attractive to hummingbirds in her garden:
Monarda didyma "Gardenview Scarlet" Hummers were crazy about them, but bad mildew!
Campsis radicans var. "flava"--Visited fairly often
Salvia coccinea--Visited fairly often but got crowded by other plants
Ipomoea multifida--Quite attractive to them once they got going in August
Ipomoea (Cypress vine)??? Had one in pot with multifida, but only ever noticed birds at multifida.
Aquilegia canadensis--Definitely a good spring hummer flower
Agastache "Pink Panther" Shorter than "Big Bazooka," but still attractive
Agastache "Big Bazooka" Taller than "Pink Panther." The birds really enjoyed working these over!
From Garden Web: Farvorite Hummingbird plants in 'Penny's' garden in upstate New York:
Salvia coccineas the species
Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'
Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'
Agastache cana 'Sonoran Sunset'
Agastache 'Tutti Frutti'
Cannas (small flowered)
Scarlet Runner beans
Hyacinth bean vine
Penstemon 'Red Rocks'
Lantana 'Pink Dawn'
This year I am adding:
Then I have several that I started from cuttings or divisions or corms:
Salvia guaranitica 'Van Remsen'
Salvia guaranitica sports (2) from my own plants
Salvia 'Raspberry Truffle'
Salvia g. 'Black & Blue' (doesn't always come true from seed)
Pot of Monarda, lantana, salvia July, 2006
Saturday, August 5, 2006
July 2006 Hummingbird report//www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/Resources/wildnotes/pub379.htm
The summer has flown by (literally and figuratively!). We had steady daily rubythroated HB visitors to our four feeders and our HB/BFgarden during July. During July we have had up to five HBs playing and feeding at one feeder with other HBs sighted in other parts of the yard.
Surprisingly, the most popular feeder was our little suction cup feeder placed on our dining room bay window. Next year we will replace our bottle type feeders with flat feeders in the trees--easier to keep them clean--the bees got stuck in the plastic 'flowers' and I think that was a deterrent for the HBs to use those feeders.
I would like to try 4 or 5 feeders again next year along with large planted pots of hummingbird plants--both annuals and perennials-- placed under them. We will also put a couple more window feeders on our shopping list. Lots of fun.
I cannot say that any one plant in our garden was especially attractive. The HBs seemed to ignore our L. cardinalis and paid just a little attention to our purple buddleias. I believe we will replace our yellow buddleia with another cultivar as that seems to be ignored by both the HBs and the BFs. Did not see any hummingbirds at the Coral Honeysuckle which I thought would be a big hit with them. I did see one HB nectaring on a red daylily, which surprised me. No interest in the Monarda--it did not seem to thrive in the location where we planted it. I did plant a packet of Impatiens biflora (jewelweed) in the woodland garden which is blooming heartily and that may have attracted their interest instead of my 'garden' plants. I have one Mexican sunflower coming into bloom now and I will watch that for HB activity.
The HBs seem to love our purple leaved tree (NO-ID) and I think they have nested there. We have 4 birches which look like a headquarters location for them, too.
We have not sprayed for insects or diseases this summer, except for a couple of doses of dishwashing detergent solution for the red spiders (and I don't know if thiis was effective).
A little visitor at the feeder above the yellow buddleia 8/6/06
Saturday, August 5, 2006
August 5 Migration from/through Ohio begins?//www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/Resources/wildnotes/pub379.htm
We have been watching the summer HB activity with interest and are looking out now for migratory activity--our own HBs leaving and new visitors from the North stopping to nectar.. .
HB research on the web has revealed a good bit about our rubythroated visitors. According to some experts the fall migration has begun in Ohio with the exit of the males in late July. We still have two scarlet gosseted male birds (at least) coming (as of last night) who tend to dominate the feeders along with many females and juveniles.
On August 3 we counted 10 HBs from our dining room window at once. They were flying through the sprinklers and feeding. This was the high count so far this summer for birds sighted all at once from one window. I wonder if these were partly visitors passing through from up north? Could be. Or perhaps not. A summer storm was imminent and this may have been pre-storm activity. Other HBs were playing and feeding in other parts of the yarden at the same time.
I purchased some Monarda plants this week to replace those that didn't thrive in our garden. I am also going to replant our large pots with HB friendly annuals in readiness for the migration through Ohio during August and September. I would like to add some other HB friendly plants to our hanging baskets which seem to be ignored in farvor of the feeders. I purchased a tall double garden stake to hang a bird bath and HB feeder in the driveway garden near the birches. We will see if this feeding station becomes popular....
Our Coral Honeysuckle is blooming and could use some staking. I think perhaps that is why the birds have not been visiting there (too low for them).
Research indicates that rare (western) species have become more common in Ohio during fall and winter so we will be on the look out for the rufous and calliope and any others who may visit.
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Misty Mister & Hummingbird Feeder Consumer Reports//www.mistymate.com/flex-stand.html
I wonder if this mister would be attractive to the Humming Birds and Butterflies? I will go to Wallmart and see if I can find one.
Other Misters for Hummingbirds //www.avianaquatics.com/products/mistersanddrippers.html
Interesting to note that the Droll Yankee was ranked first by an Ohio bird watcher for a large capacity feeder. I wonder if this one would work in our yard?
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Late summer HB plants
Our HB garden seems to be in a lull right now. We cut back our salvias and have no bloom to speak of now. Our monarda 'Jacob Kline' did not produce bloom as we expected (too shady) this summer. Our flowery vines are finished blooming or didn't thrive. So we are on the lookout for some new plants to attract HBs during the late summer migration
This Birdwatchers Digest article has some suggestions---
Our first tithonia bloom August 7 2006 from Wintersowing.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Hummingbird Garden Development Mid Spring 4/16/2006
This year we are making a big effort to attract and track hummingbirds in our garden. Last summer we had a fair amount of success with casual attention to our feeders and providing a simple hummingbird garden for them. This year we hope to have the HBs come to our garden early in the season, stay and make nests, and then stay through October, by providing nectar plants from April through October.
The first ruby-throated hummingbirds of this year were reported April 1 in Cincinnati. We saw our first last Saturday, April 16 (but not at our feeders).
We have three feeders out in a crabapple tree underplanted with red salvia. We also have had a large pot of salvia planted for a couple of weeks and a coral honeysuckle out, but have seen no activity there.
Our order of Hummingbird and butterfly plants arrived from Bluestone Perennials today and we will set them out on Thursday in the Butterfly/Hummingbird garden. Plants include monardas, salvias, liatris, etc. We are also starting several attractive vines from seed.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006Our early spring (March) effort to try to attract the first hummingbirds. We were told to make a bright, massed, easily seen display of red flowers (this was not as bright or 'massed' as it could have been, but it was all that was available in the garden centers in late March. We supplemented with plastic flowers from the Dollar Store (but my kids made me take them down).
No HBs yet at our feeders, but my son saw them in the area last Saturday. I was told they come up north with the lilac and red buckeye bloom. We have both in our yard and they are about ready to bloom, so it won't be long...
Three feeders in the tree underplanted with red salvias.