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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
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      Lesley Dietschy is the creator/editor of The Home Decor Exchange, a popular home decor, garden decor, and home improvement website. Please visit the website for quality resources, articles, ideas, tips, free projects, and much more. The website also has a shopping marketplace and a unique Gallery featuring Pine Needle Baskets and Gourd Art. http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   If one of your goals is to attract hummingbirds to your garden, a visit to your local nursery is a great starting point. Find an experienced employee who can tell you which species of plants grow well in your area and have a history of successfully attracting hummingbirds. Most importantly, be imaginative and have fun planting and growing your garden to attract beautiful hummingbirds.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   The formula for the mixture used in hummingbird feeders is 4 parts water (not distilled) to 1 part table sugar. Boil the mixture for one to two minutes, then cool and store in refrigerator. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Do not use red food coloring, honey, or artificial sweeteners in your mixture, as this could be harmful to the hummingbirds.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   Northeastern United States:

      旴lue Lobelia旵ardinal Flower旽ollyhock 昍ed Morning Glory昐alvia 昐carlet Sage

      Midwest United States:

      旵oral Bells旵oral Honeysuckle旻oxglove旽osta 旾mpatients昄ilac

      Even though flowers are the natural means to attract hummingbirds to your garden, man-made feeders filled with a mixture of water and sugar (sucrose) are an essential alternative. Sugar, whether from a flower or a feeder, is a necessary nutrient in a hummingbird抯 diet. Tests have shown that hummingbirds favor sucrose in flower nectar more than other sugars such as fructose and glucose. Therefore, with the proper ratio of ingredients, your feeder becomes a good substitute to the flowers that hummingbirds like best.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   旴utterfly Bush 旵ardinal Flower 旵oral or Trumpet Honeysuckle旵ypress Vine 昇ative Trumpet Creeper昑exas Sage

      Southwest United States:

      旾ndian Paintbrush昄antana昄ily of the Nile昅exican Honeysuckle昑exas Sage 昗estern Coral Bean

      West Coast United States:

      旴eebalm旴ottle Brush旵ape Fuchsia 旵olombine 昐almonberry 昗oodland Orchard
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   Hummingbirds are welcomed guests to nearly all gardens. By planting flowering shrubs and plants that are their favored food source, we can easily attract them to become regular visitors to our gardens. Below is a short list of their preferred flowering plants by common name, separated by region:

      Southeastern United States:
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
  •   The key to attracting hummingbirds to your garden mainly consists of the right type of flowers and places where they can perch and rest during the day, such as trees or large plants. Hummingbirds are guided by visual means and are particularly attracted to certain shades of red. According to The Hummingbird Society, there are several possible explanations for their preference of red blossoms. Given that insects also see nectar, they can be regarded as competitors. Nearly all insects see well in the visible and near-ultraviolet light but poorly in the red end of the spectrum. Also, a red blossom may appear nearly black and unattractive to a number of insects, but not to the hummingbird, which can see the full visible spectrum but also some in the ultraviolet. This makes it less likely that an insect has taken nectar from a red flower. Another likely explanation is that during migration, red blossoms effectively contrast with a green environment more than other colored flowers do.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › How to Create a Wildflower Garden
  •   Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the creator/editor of The Home Decor Exchange and the Home & Garden Exchange. The Home Decor Exchange is a popular home and garden website featuring resources, articles, decorating pictures, free projects, and a shopping marketplace. The Home & Garden Exchange website is a link exchange program and directory dedicated to the home and garden industry, as well as offering free website content and promotional ideas. Please visit both websites for all of your home, garden, and website needs.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › How to Create a Wildflower Garden
  •   Whether adding wildflowers to your existing garden or creating a little garden unto itself, it can be a lot of fun to experiment with seeds and mature plants and learn which species adapts the best to your garden. To further research wildflowers, visit a few of the wildflower organizations that can be found on the internet.
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    Comment to Topic Posted by Lesley Dietschy › How to Create a Wildflower Garden
  •   Wildflower seeds or plants can be purchased from a local nursery, mail order, or on the internet. Normally, wildflower seed mixes contain seeds of both annual and perennial plants. This is done so that the annuals grow rapidly and cover the ground, while the perennial plants are taking time to get established.

      Growing wildflowers from seeds can be more economical than buying mature plants. However, one disadvantage of growing wildflowers from seeds is that many native plants require a long time to germinate and mature. Also, the seeds of some species require pretreatment before they can be planted. This process involves stratification, which is placing seeds in a refrigerated storage in a non-soil growing medium for one to two months and sometimes longer. So, if you are not proficient at growing plants from seed, it may be best to start your wildflower garden by purchasing a few mature plants from a reputable nursery.
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