Thursday, July 31, 2014
My Hummingbird Patio Garden
My patio belongs to the hummingbirds! I've put out so many flowering plants there's barely enough room for me to move around when watering them. The hummingbirds love it, though, and I've been enjoying their company all summer.
I'm not quite sure how many individual birds are coming to the flowers, but I've been able to recognize some of them by their behavior or markings. There's one that has a little piece of string stuck to one of her feet–she's been coming to my flowers since early June. She also likes to perch in the arborvitae right outside my bedroom window (pictured above). Some of the hummingbirds are pretty vocal and a bit frenetic when drawing nectar, while others seem more at ease and quiet. And there are females as well as males.
I've also observed recently hatched hummingbirds; they're a little less deliberate and more willing to experiment with the variety of flowers I've put out. While there are many possibilities for attracting hummingbirds to your garden, I thought I would take a moment to share what's been working stellar for me, well, really for the hummingbirds!
'Black and Blue' Salvia guaranitica
'Furman's Red' Salvia greggii
'Hot Lips' Salvia microphylla
Trailing Verbena Vepita
All images © 2014 Mike McDowell