The hummingbirds are here! July 14, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening.
Tags: attracting hummingbirds, hummingbird plants, hummingbirds, ruby-throated hummingbirds
Well, at least one hummingbird is finally here. You may recall our earlier worries about the absence of hummingbirds in the yard this year. We don’t set out nectar feeders, so we never have big flocks of ruby-throated hummingbirds. But we do usually have three or four, beginning when the columbines bloom in spring and continuing on through the end of our rose-of-Sharon’s bloom season.
We have other hummingbird favorites, such as monarda (bee balm), trumpetvine, jewelweed, and cannas. This year, we even added four fuchsias to the deck in hope of luring them in closer. No luck. The extreme heat and drought seemed to be keeping the feisty little birds at bay. (The fuchsias certainly proved popular with our chipmunks, though; they ate every single fuchsia berry.)
Our trumpetvine is in full and spectacular bloom, and I’ve been watching it hopefully every day. And yesterday, I finally saw a hummingbird! Then this morning I saw one at the rose-of-Sharon outside my home office window; they are just now beginning to come into bloom, so they’ll provide sustenance for the voracious hummers for several months.
I don’t know if I’ve now seen two hummingbirds, or if (more likely) it was the same hummingbird; I need to keep my binoculars at the ready so I can look for the famous ruby throat of the male versus the drab green of the female. But in either case, we’re happy to have them back!
Have you had fewer hummingbirds than usual this year?
‘Til next time,
Note: A kind reader suggested petunias as the ultimate hummingbird plants. We’ll keep that in mind for next year!