Monday, April 13th, 2009...4:24 am

Hummingbirds are Arriving

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) by rwolfert (on flickr)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) by rwolfert (on flickr)

TheGardenLady is sure that one of the reasons you like to have flowers is because you hope to attract or already attract hummingbirds to
your garden (see here).

People keep track of when they arrive in your state. For example, they are already starting to arrive in New Jersey (see here)

And sometimes when they arrive they need you to help feed them by putting up hummingbird feeders (see here).  You can buy hummingbird feeders in your local hardware store. Or you can make your own hummingbird feeders (see here).

Remember hummingbirds are territorial. Once they find your garden they will return each year. If you want to attract more hummingbirds, place more feeders throughout your yard. But don’t forget, YOU MUST CLEAN the feeders frequently so the birds don’t get sick.

Included on the links are recipes to make the sugar water for feeding the hummingbirds. Only use white sugar. Never use honey or food coloring which can make the birds sick.

And if you don’t already have the plants that attract hummingbirds in your garden, you should start planning. There are excellent lists of hummingbird attracting plants which will also attract butterflies and bees (see here).

A great place to watch Hummingbirds is at Leamings Run Gardens in Cape
May County
, NJ  This is the largest annual flower garden, I believe, in the country. Carved out of the woods are numerous gardens planted with annuals. Each of the gardens, which are discovered by walking a path through the woods, has its own pair of resident hummingbirds, which, I was told, return each year. This is a MUST SEE garden.

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