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  1. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Woo hoo! Rachel's got a Short Timer's Calendar going!!

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  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    Blooie, I have butterfly and bee plants in my bee garden, What should I plant for hummers?

    Rachel, sorry. I've turned your thread into a chit-chat thread. I imagine you are still sleeping.
    I hope you are anyway.
    Sleep is so wonderful -especially when you need it.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

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    @3goodeggs ,
    Don't mean to butt in with a question you asked of Blooie, but I looked this list up a while ago. Since we're in the same general area of FL, thought it might be helpful to you.

    Recommended Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds in Central Florida
    Agastache spp. Agastache
    Antirrhinum spp. Snapdragon
    Aquelegia canadensis Native Columbine (N)
    Asclepias sp. Milkweeds (N)
    Bignonia capreolata Crossvine (N)
    Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush
    Calliandra spp. Powderpuff
    Callistemon lanceolatus Bottlebrush
    Campsis radicans Trumpet Creeper Vine (N)
    Cleome spp. Spiderflower
    Cuphea spp. Candy Corn, Starfire, Cigar Plant
    Dianthus barbatus Sweet William
    Erythrina herbacea Coral Bean (N)
    Gloxinia sellovii Hardy Red Gloxinia
    Gloxinia syvatica Bolivian Sunset
    Hamelia patens Firebush (N)
    Iochroma cyaneum Skyflower Bush
    Ipomopsis rubra Standing Cypress (N)
    Justicia sp. Shrimp Plant (red and yellow)
    Leonotis leonurus Lion’s Mane
    Lobelia cardinalis Cardinalflower (N)
    Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle
    Malvaviscus sp. Turks Cap (red)
    Monarda punctata Dotted Horsemint (N)
    Nicotiana spp. Flowering Tobacco
    Odontonema cuspidate Firespike
    Pachystachys coccinea Cardinals Guard
    Penstemon spp. Penstemons
    Pentas lanceolata Tall Red Pentas
    Phlox spp. Phlox
    Salvia spp. Salvias (sages)
    Stachtarpheta spp. Porterweeds
    Tecomaria capensis Cape Honeysuckle
    Tithonia rotundifolia Mexican Sunflower
    Verbena bonariensis Verbena
    Veronica Speedwell
     
  4. Blooie

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    I have a rule, 3good - if it doesn't attract hummingbirds I don't plant it. I'm going to be using the space for flowers anyway so I might as well stick to those that serve two purposes for me - nice to look at and hummers, hummers, hummers.

    In hanging baskets and pots on and around the deck, I like
    Shrimp Plants (My all time favorite. I have one that's now 5 years old - I bring it in and cut it back for winter. Hummer magnet)
    Lantana
    Wave Petunias
    Skull cap
    Sweet potato vine
    Coleus
    Million Bells
    Geraniums
    Verbena

    The big whiskey barrel planter always has
    Penstemon
    Pineapple Sage
    Blue Knight Sage
    Lantana

    In the flower beds I have
    Crocomesia
    Lupine
    Delphinium
    Columbine
    Bee Balm
    Reblooming Day Lilies - and yes, they attract hummers in, even though they don't feed on them a lot)
    Phlox
    Cardinal Climber
    Yarrow
    Russian Sage
    Honeysuckle (the non-invasive ones)
    Butterfly Bushes

    Those are the constants. Then I pop in whatever else I like as fillers. Many plants that attract butterflies also attract hummers.
     
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  5. sourland

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    The countdown is on. [​IMG]
     
  6. 3goodeggs

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    I have all the ones in Bold.
    Where are my hummers?
    I need a neon sign with a big finger pointing to my garden.
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  7. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    I SHOULD have hummers!

    I do like yarrow, so I will start some of that. Some of those others won't do well here.
    I would love to grow Delphinium, but sadly it wants more cooler temps or something.
    I like the blue night sage, I have not seen it here, but I will look for seeds.
     
  8. Blooie

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    And doggone it, how did I forget to mention my hollyhocks! They love the singles, not the lacy double petal ones. Oh, and my Four o'Clocks. Okay, I think I'm done. I'd wager you have a couple and just haven't seen them.

    The first year I saw a hummingbird I got so excited! I ran down and bought a feeder and the little packets of hummingbird mix to put in it. Never saw a hummer again. So I brought it in when fall rolled around, cleaned it carefully, and put it away until the next season. Sure enough, saw a hummingbird in late May. I found the feeder right where I'd left it, rinsed it well, filled and hung it. He never came back.

    Come fall I forgot to take the feeder in. It hung there all winter, covered in snow and being tossed around by the wind. Wouldn't you know, late spring I was sitting out on the deck reading and I heard that familiar buzz. I ran out to the tree, grabbed that feeder, brought it and cleaned it (not an easy process since it had been ignored all winter) and since I had no more premixed food left I made my own mixture. I carried it outside and he was right there - fed off that feeder as I was carrying it out to the tree. From that day on, we've been inundated. Some years we have more than others.....year before last we had them like flies but last year not so many. It varies from year to year. If the wildflowers are abundant up in the mountains, that's where they stay until late June. So I can see them here anytime from May to July, but once they're here, they stick around. Had a black-chinned one year that didn't leave until November 3.

    When my yard was certified, the National Wildlife Federation sent out a press release to the closest local newspaper. Dave, who owns the Lovell Chronicle and happens to be a good friend of ours, called me and asked to send Brad out to do a story. After it came out, I can't tell you how many people came up to me and said, "I didn't know we even had hummingbirds in this area! Never saw one before! " That was a bad year for me- suddenly there were feeders in every yard in every town the paper serves. <sigh> Disloyal little boogers! But they do come back.
    http://www.stpns.net/view_article.html?articleId=42848688641014881
     
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  9. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

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    I think your hummers are here at my house. Want me to send them your way?
     
  10. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

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    @Blooie , great article! I didn't know they would like a water feature, love to see a hummer taking a bath. Congrats on getting your certification!
     

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