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BJ
KY
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:46 pm   Post subject: What flowers do your Hummingbirds like?


What flowers do your Hummingbirds Like?

13 flowers commonly used for attracting hummingbirds

1. Bee Balm
2. Red Columbine
3. Delphinum
4. Hollyhock
5. Butterfly bush
6. Catawba Rhodendron
7. Rose of Sharon
8. Trumpet vine
9. Trumpet Honeysuckle
10.Cardinal vine
11.Fuchsia Swing Hangars
12.Silk Tree (Mimosa)
13.Mexican Sage bush

What's in your Hummingbird garden?
BJ




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gardengater

NC
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:02 pm   


They like the red and Silverado Sage, petunias, Nicotiana, and Butterfly Bush. Hungry little buggers.
Gardengater

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BJ
KY
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:07 pm   Post subject: Have you tried a Fuchsia Hanging Basket for Hummingbirds?


Have you tried a Fuchsia hanging basket to attract Hummingbirds?

Use a moss hanging basket and you may like trying these flowers.

Ivy Geranium, Fuchsia, Trailing Lobelia, Pink Sand Verbena, and Lotus.

This is a super nice idea for my sun/shade front porch. It will like daily watering...and more if needed. Liquid fertilizer once a week,and pinching off faded or dying blossoms regularly.

This year we have wave petunias, but will have the Fuchsia hanging baskets next year.

BJ

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glendann

Texas
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:16 pm   


Here they love
Passion Vine flowers
Mexican Petunia
Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus
Carolina Jasmine
Cannas
Clomes
Zennias
Datura
Burgmansia

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gardenmama

Vermont
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:17 pm   


My bee balm and trumpet honeysuckle are always being buzzed by our hummingbirds.

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catspower

Arkansas
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:19 pm   


We have almost 100 hummers and alot of them are going nuts over the Cleome. I make a gallon and a half of sugar water for them a day.

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BJ
KY
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:59 pm   


You all are so lucky!!! We have only seen 2 different Hummingbirds here. Wish you could ship me some of yours. LOL.
BJ

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BJ
KY
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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:25 pm   Post subject: Why feed a Hummingbird?!?


Why feed a hummingbird?!?

These tiny birds have to feed every 15 minutes or risk starvation. They consume up to 2X their body weight in nectar daily or up to 50% in sugar from flowers and from our feeders. They also need protein from eating insects. So, why not put out a mesh bag (like onions come in from the store) with some fruit in it to attract insects for them?

I just came in from cutting seeds (I hope) off of wild blue Bachelor Buttons on my front porch. While working there on a round glass table, my husband said, "Look...there, what's flying around you." I looked up and there was a beautiful Hummingbird, dark with dark grey belly, hoovering over the table, so close, I could have touched him. He went back twice to get a drink from our feeder, and then, hoovered over the middle of the table again. I have an artificial red geranium in basket sitting there but he seemed to be more interested in the flowers I was cutting seeds from.
I'm wondering if he could pick up the scent of the geen stems I was cutting on. However, I have heard they cannot smell. This was a first for me! Lovely surprise!!!

Do you think Hummingbirds can smell the flowers?
BJ

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:05 am   


Geraniums, Bee Balm, Salvia, Fushia, Canna's, Penstemon, Agastache, but they really go crazy in the spring when the Lilac's bloom. That is usually when I first see them.

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Sherry8

Wisconsin...zone 4
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:40 pm   


One that wasn't listed is the cigar plant..I can't find the real name right now but they use it a lot here.



This one looks a lot like the candy corn but that one has yellow on it..Sherry

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bunkie

eastern washington
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:10 pm   


and nasturtiums!

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toni


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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:30 pm   


Hummingbirds around here, if there are any, apparently like someone else's yard. I have seen only one in my yard in the 21 years we have lived here.

Sherry, your cigar plant is Cuphea ignea

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jakrum421
Wisconsin
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:44 pm   


My hummies like the bee balm best, but they also like hosta flowers, weigela, dragonflowers, and fuschia.

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bethie

WestTennessee
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:14 pm   


I grow eight different varieties of cuphea for them. They are crazy for it and they bloom abundantly. Regular common torenia is a must have and I have a lot of the hybrid hanging torenias on my patio. Of course I have lots of salvias and Buddleias too. It's easier to grow flowers than make sugar water I think. Cool

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BJ
KY
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:20 pm   


WOW!!! Y'all have the very best ideas for pleasing our little hummers. Makes it hard for me to decide what to grow in my yard! It's wonderful to find so many interested people. You're a great group.
Betty (BJ)

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