Encourage hummingbirds to visit your garden by providing food and shelter. While hummingbird feeders bring the tiny birds close to the house for easy viewing, providing nectar...
Making your garden hummingbird friendly
Encourage hummingbirds to visit your garden by providing food and shelter. While hummingbird feeders bring the tiny birds close to the house for easy viewing, providing nectar from flowers is probably better for the birds.
Phygelius, Salvia and hardy fuschias in pink and red shades will make them happy. For winter food, try the glorious Mahonia x media ‘Charity,’ which tends to start blooming sweet yellow flowers in December.
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Hummingbirds need a place out of the wind to build their tiny nests. Dan and Diane True have developed a little frame that attaches under the protective eaves of your house and provides a perfect place for hummingbirds to build their nests.
For $29.95, their Hummingbird House kit includes two nesting platforms, mounting screws for each, a foam “roof,” a small wad of cotton on a dispenser for nesting material and instructions. To order, call 505-769-1638 or go online to www.hummingbird-house.com/hummhouse.html.
Everything you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds: www.hummingbirds.net/. This site has migration maps, feeder reviews and species descriptions with photos.
Compiled by Tracy Mehlin of the Miller Library, Center for Urban Horticulture.