A few days ago, I wrote a piece about butterflies. Today I’d like to feature my other jeweled favourite, hummingbirds. I always feel privileged when these little beauties pay me a visit.
Here in Southern Ontario, we usually only have one variety of hummingbird visit us, and that is the Rubythroat, although I have heard the odd story of other varieties in the extreme south of the province. But we are just too cool (temperature wise…) for the more exotic varieties of hummers.
A couple of weeks ago, I broke down and purchased a lovely new hummingbird feeder, which we hung on the front porch. I also filled my two flower pots, in hopes of attracting a hummer or two. Unfortunately, I am still waiting. I have been told that if you don’t hang your feeders before the hummingbirds start coming North, that you will not get any all season. I don’t necessarily believe that, because I have hung feeders well after their migration time, and still had little feathered visitors. Up here, the hummers are usually arriving around early May, depending on the weather patterns and temperatures. I hung my feeder just after the May long weekend.
Hummingbirds are attracted to certain plants, and love the colour of red. So, that’s what I put in my flower pots. It’s also convenient that hummers are attracted to many of the same plants that butterflies are, because I planted my flower beds specifically for that purpose. But, if you’d like some help to pick out plants to attract hummingbirds, I have a very helpful link for you.
I love to sit here in the mornings, in my enclosed porch, writing my blogs, and looking up in hopes of one day seeing a gorgeous little hummingbird enjoying my sugar water. I never use the commercial “red stuff” that you buy at garden centres. The dyes are not necessary, or healthy for your hummers. One part sugar to 3 or 4 parts water is good.
So, without further ado, here is the link I promised about the plants to use to attract hummingbirds. Flowers For Hummingbirds
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