I am so happy to bring you this list and ways to attract these gorgeous creatures. I love sitting in the yard and watching these little guys flit from flower to flower and then stop to take a drink of nectar, then hover over top of the house as if taking a mental note of where to come back for more goodness next time. I put this post under the For Your Health menu because it can be the best stress reliever on the planet. Nature, in it’s purest and most innocent form is so good for your soul. Relaxation and being aware of all the beauty in this sometimes cruel world can be the boost you need. Sit back and watch. You will be amazed at how good you feel by inviting these lovely creatures to your yard.
Here is a an adorable look at hummingbirds. This person really loves Hummingbirds. I only have one.,
You can have as many as you want apparently this person attracted many more than I have seen at one time. Kudos to the person who did this.
This Video is from Mother Earth News
If You Have Never Had A Hummingbird Feeder
You should try one. If you do, please continue the upkeep and feed them regularly. They depend on your loyalty and it helps these little creatures sustain their lives and live strong and thrive.
I Moved Two Years Ago
I left all of my plants at my other house. I didn’t realize that some of those plants attracted Hummingbirds. I never had a problem attracting them. I always planted the same plants and flowers.
This move, I planted all the plants that I love that did not do well at all in the soil I had. In fact, I had lost my Precious Red Blaze Climbing Roses. My favorite variety and the only one I ever grow. I lost my beautiful Weigela’s. And I couldn’t grow a Rhododendron, and I love those. The only plants I could grow were annuals and Hibiscus, hosta, lily, iris, marigold. Those plants liked the clay soil and in some parts pretty wet clay soil.
So, Guess What Plants I Bought This Time
Yes, I bought my precious roses, a gorgeous purple Rhododendron, and two purple Weigela’s. I was so happy I could have these plants again. I did not plant Hibiscus or lilies, any of the other plants that were there. Now I am learning that I need to plant some that attract Hummingbirds.
- Bee balm
- Bleeding heart
- Butterfly weed
- Cardinal flower
- Century plant
- Coral bells (heuchera)
- Dame’s rocket
- Fire pink
- Four o’ clocks
- Glossy abelia
- Scarlet sage
- Sweet William
They love the color Red so keep in mind the color you get for your yard. Impatiens are a good choice, along with hollyhocks. Hollyhocks and Delphinium grow tall. They are wonderful additions to your garden landscape. I would like to have an area full of these Hummingbird attracting flowers. So I will be working on that.
Once you start feeding Hummingbirds, they will know to come back. Planting flowers and shrubs that they feed off of will make sure they re-visit, even when the nectar feeder is empty.
In the 1970’s. Some red dyes were found to be toxic, and were banned for use in food products. I remember there was a time back then when we were picking out the red M and M’s because of the controversy of Red Dye No. 2. I believe it was that number. They were still using them for hummingbird feeders, but eventually that was banned also. The red dye in the hummingbird food is safe now, but I am still skeptic. I have a recipe for homemade nectar that hummingbirds love, and will save you a ton of money if you regularly feed hummingbirds. The nectar recipe has no red in it so you will need to incorporate the color red in your landscape and plant flowers that they are attracted to.
Hummingbirds are attracted to the Color Red
If you choose to have the homemade recipe, make sure you put some red flowers nearby, or attach red strips of material, or ribbons near or on the feeder. Most feeders have a red base and top, some have no red in it at all. This is my feeder in the picture. It has no red, so I put it near my red roses.
- One Part Table Sugar
- Four Parts Water
Use bottled water if you can. Tap water can have some chemicals in it that could be toxic to Hummingbirds. I measured my Hummingbird feeder and it holds 16oz of liquid. The ratio for that would be
- One Half Cup Sugar
- Two Cups Water
Some recipes say to boil water, but that is not necessary. Room temp water is fine. Boiling only speeds up the fermenting process. so warm water will work. Set a 16oz bottle of water in the sun for a few hours and use that water for your feeder, or just room temp is fine. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved before you put in feeder.
You only want enough for a week for each feeder. Hummingbirds like fresh clean nectar, so clean and refill that feeder once a week. I plan my cleanings on Sunday, the only day I sometimes get off work. I spend the morning of my only day off in the yard enjoying and taking care of my animals and outdoor friends. It only takes a few minutes, you may be fortunate to see the Hummingbirds hovering and waiting for your return. A wonderful sight to see and definitely good for the heart and soul. If you want to lower your blood pressure and leave the stress behind, get a Hummingbird feeder, then work on keeping them happy.
I found this one on Amazon. I like that the bottle itself is red. Mine is not. I like this one better. You can put it up without worrying about having something red nearby.
I went here and Wow, so many birdfeeders. Lot of good deals too. I paid $24.99 for mine at Home Depot, so I should have gone here first.
Never Alter The Recipe
The concentration in the recipe is very close to nectar from flowers. Nectar that is too strong is not good because it will ferment more quickly and clog the feeder ports. This recipe is the best ratio for feeders, so try to stick with that one.
Never use honey, brown sugar, molasses or artificial sugar substitutes for any hummingbird nectar recipe. Honey and molasses (brown sugar contains molasses products) are too heavy and hard for Hummingbirds to digest. Also these ingredients can ferment more quickly, that creates a mold that is fatal to Hummingbirds. Any kind of Sugar Substitute is futile, as it does not contain any caloric contribution to a Hummingbird in the form of energy.
One of my readers asked which states Hummingbirds live in. I have found that Hummingbirds live in all U.S. states except Hawaii
This information was obtained from rubythroat.org
This site also lists all the different kinds for each state. Check it out to see what species are in your state. Sounds like fun? I didn’t know all the different species I had in MI till I went there. so have fun and see what kind you have.
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