Friday, March 16, 2018

Attracting Butterflies

  •   They use the plants in your garden as a food source, to lay their eggs, food for the larvae and pupating.
  •  They are attracted to the scents of certain garden plants rather than the flower colour & shape
  •  They pollinate the same way bees do but they can’t pick up as much pollen because their bodies are tall & slender.
  •  Choose the right plants. Nectar plants feed adult butterflies, caterpillars require specific host plants.
  •  Provide shelter and sunshine. Grasses, shrubs and piles of rocks or branches give butterflies places to rest. Flat rocks let them bask in the sun.
  •  Avoid pesticides (even “natural” ones). Learn to tolerate a few pests to allow butterflies to thrive.
  • Favourite Flowers: Brightly coloured flowers that are flat and have a place for butterflies to land.
  • How they pick up pollen: When they go in for a drink of nectar, pollen gets stuck on their body.
For more information on plants that attract Butterflies - BUTTERFLY FAVORITES

To buy plants that attract Butterflies -
BUTTERFLY GARDENS
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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Attracting Hummingbirds

There is nothing more exciting than having a hummingbird visit your yard. Hummingbirds are said to have a special fondness for the color red, but they will feed on a variety of nectar producing flowers. If you just have a small space, like a sunny corner spot why not try planting just a few perennials to attract the hummers. Another option is some hanging baskets with annuals near a window that you can watch the hummingbirds. 
Hummingbirds -
  • Main source of food is nectar & they drink a lot. 
  • Attracted to any coloured flower that holds nectar,  first choice is to fly to red, pink, orange, & purple flowers that have tubular, funnel, or bell-shaped blossoms.
  • Very smart & have fantastic vision.
  • Consume aphids, spiders, and other small insects. 
  • Have exceptionally high metabolism (flap tiny wings so fast).

Hummingbird Feeders - 
  • Place feeders near the flowers you wish to attract them to & near window so you can watch them.
  • Buy Hummingbird food for your feeder that you mix with water.
  • Provide fresh water in a birdbath if you don’t have a water feature.
  • Clean your feeder thoroughly every 2-3 days in hot weather & refill with fresh hummingbird nectar. The build-up of bacteria can be detrimental to hummingbirds.
  • Avoid honey or artificial sweeteners. These will cause a fungus to form on the Hummingbird’s tongue.

Favourite Flower -
  • Red, orange or white tube-shaped flowers that are strong enough to support a hummingbird’s weight.    
  • How they pick up pollen: They reach their long beaks into flowers & when they are finished drinking, their faces and beaks are dusted with pollen. 

Plants to attract Hummingbirds - 
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Begonia
Red Impaitence
Snapdragons
Nicotiana
Fushsia
Petunias
Nasturtium
Red Salvia
Scarlet Runners
Lantanna




Perennials - hummingbirds, attracting hummingbirds, flowers that attract hummingbirds, hummingbird plants
Columbine
Phlox
Autumn Joy Sedum
Coral Bells
Monkshood
Hollyhock
Clematis
Delphinium
Lupine
Mallow
Foxglove
 
Shrubs- 
Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle VIne
Honeysuckle
Butterfly Bush
 
     
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