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Plants to Attract

Columbine (Aquilegia hybrida) FLOWER Seeds

Columbine – McKana’s Giant Mix – Aquilegia hybrida

Perennial Hybrid. Colorful perennial with long spurred flowers. This woodland species prefers rich soil and partial shade. Pack covers approximately 10 sq ft if broadcast. When plants reach 4″, thin to 12″ – 18″ apart. Keep the seeds cool and moist for 3-4 weeks to dramatically improve germination rates. Blooms second spring from seed.

Flowers: Multi-colored flowers. Blooms in summer

Attracts: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

Soil: Prefers rich, moist soil

Native: Europe

USDA Zone: 3-10

Planting Depth: 1/8″

Days to Germinate: 21-28 Days

Height At Maturity: 2′-3′

Sun/Shade Requirements: Shade

Water Needs: Moderate Water


‘McKana Giant’ is an extra large flowered Columbine available in a wide assortment of colors. The flowers either face outwards or are nodding. Once the perennial begins blooming flowers can be expected for 4 to 6 weeks. Removing spent flowers helps to encourage new flower growth. McKana Giants large blossoms are good for cutting, but they only last a few days once removed from the plant.

How to grow

Columbines are perfect for the middle of a sunny, moisture retentive border. They attract butterflies and bees. Columbine is also a great choice for rock gardens, naturalizing and they make beautiful accent in a bouquet of cut flowers or arrangements.

Note: Columbine seed needs to be chilled for 3 to 4 weeks before it will germinate. Place the entire seed package in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks… then sow as usual.

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Hummingbird Garden Sprinkles Growing Kit

Garden Sprinkles, hummingbird habitat growing kit

Garden Sprinkles, hummingbird habitat growing kit

The Garden Sprinkles Hummingbird Garden (flowers to build habitat) growing kit includes: reusable recycled US steel tin, 17 varieties of seed, magnet, directions. Tin 2″ diam.

Each seed variety is packaged in a beautifully illustrated, reusable, magnetic tin. Sweet nectar-producing wildflowers in many different shapes and sizes.

Lovely shades of pinks, reds and purples that naturally provide nectar to attract hummingbirds to your garden instead of your neighbor’s feeder.

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Attracting Birds II: Hummingbirds and Other Favorite Birds

Attracting Birds II video

Attracting Birds II

Witness the beauty of hummingbirds, those enchanting flying jewels, with stunning close-up footage.

In Attracting Birdes II, hosts Don and Lillian Stokes show you how to attract these magnificent birds by providing food and planting special gardens. Learn hummingbird identification with spectacular close-ups of a variety of species.

No matter how long you have been feeding birds, this outstanding video is sure to give you lots of new tips enabling you to attract more of your favorite backyard birds.

Also covers Orioles and Woodpeckers and Purple Martins.

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Bird Photography – How To Take Hummingbirds

Author: Autumn Lockwood

English: Hummingbird aerodynamics of flight

Hummingbird aerodynamics of flight (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most challenging subject in the world of bird photography is the hummingbird. This jeweled bundle of energy has the ability to zoom around at record breaking speeds causing frustration for many a photographer. This article is written to help give you some tips so you can take better hummingbird pictures.

Set out the Hummingbird Welcome Mat

Most places in North America have hummingbirds either seasonally or year round. Just ask your local Audubon Society on when you should put out your hummingbird feeders. You can also find out from them if the hummingbirds in your area need to migrate, and if so, when you should take your feeders down so they don’t get stranded in the cold.

Every serious hummingbird photographer needs a hummingbird feeder. When looking for a feeder, make sure you have one that is easy to clean and that it is easy to fill with sugar water.

Most birders suggest using 4 parts water to 1 part sugar or you can also try using a 3:1 mixture as well. Keep the feeders filled so that the hummingbirds don’t head to a more reliable nectar station. However you should take them down periodically to clean but put them right back up. Also never use food coloring because it can cause dangerous growth on the hummingbirds beaks and it’s not needed to attract them

Hummingbird Feeders, Perches and Flowers

The biggest challenge with taking hummingbird pictures is that they rarely hold still. Hummingbirds are constantly zooming and darting so it makes it difficult to photograph them. Many photographers make the mistake of trying to follow them with their camera in hand. However, don’t do that as it is best staying in one position and being patient.

You want to think about the kind of bird pictures you want and then set things up to help increase your chances of getting the shot. After you’re all set up, all you have to do is have your camera ready and get comfortable. Many photographers use a stabilizer device like a tripod or monopod so the camera is always ready for the next shot. Some photographers use blinds so they can move without worrying about scaring off a hummingbird.

English: Hummingbird hovering at a feeder

Hummingbird hovering at a feeder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want photographs of hummingbirds hovering, remove the perches from your feeders. And if you plug all the holes but one it will be easier to get a pictures of one hummingbird at a time. You will still have hummingbirds zipping around trying to chase off the other birds from the feeder regardless of what you do.

Now if you want to take pictures of hummingbirds perching, watch where the dominant male goes after he fills up at the feeder. Usually, hummingbirds will perch where they have a good view of the feeder. If the perch isn’t in a good position for you to take pictures, you’ll need to do some rearranging. Move the feeder closer to a perch that works for you.

You can also move it farther from the natural perches and add a new perch that is in a photo friendly location. The hummingbird won’t mind as long as he or she can keep an eye out for intruders. Eventually the hummingbirds will get used to you and your camera, but movement will likely frighten them off so make sure you’re in a quiet area with very little activity.

If you have a particular flower that would make a lovely picture with the hummingbird but they are never there long enough for you to press the shutter release, try this photographer’s trick: Using an eye dropper, gently fill the flower with some sugar water. This only works for a short time because the flower will begin to wilt after just a few hours.

As with feeders and perches, you can also hang a basket of flowers to help attract them for photographing. However no matter if you use a flower or feeder, you’ll still only have about 8 seconds tops to take your pictures. Always be patient and don’t press the shutter release until the hummingbird has a had a sip of nectar or sugar water. Otherwise if the flash frightens them off, they won’t have as much incentive to venture back.

Check Your Background


Hummingbird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best background for hummingbird photography is something dark green that doesn’t have any distractions in it like brown twigs or branches. If you want a mobile background try a dark green potted plant or a painted poster board. The main thing is to have a dark background that makes the hummingbird’s colors pop.

If you look for hummingbird pictures in google images you’ll get a good idea of what backgrounds work and what doesn’t. Note how brilliantly colored hummingbirds fade into some backgrounds, like the bright green, sun lit trees and shrubs. A shaded area behind the feeder or perch also works well as a good background.

You can use photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements, to blur the background and make the hummingbird stand out from the background.

You can also find tutorials on this on websites like Adobe.

Lights, Camera, Action

Once you have your hummingbird feeding station set up, now you just need to find a comfy place to sit with your camera and tripod. In order to freeze their beating wings, you will need a high speed flash but you can still get some great pictures with a good compact camera by using these tips.

Remember, hummingbirds may be the most challenging subject in bird photography, but with some patience you will soon have a nice collection of hummingbird photography to frame and display in your home.

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Gardening to Attract Birds

When planning a garden or yard design, deciding what type of tree, bush, flower, or even vegetable plant can and does make a difference in which birds visit, or call your garden home.

Wild birds need cover and food, by choosing the right cover and the right food for their preference you will attract the birds you want to see, and give them the perfect gift.

Fruit for migration is important for migrating birds in the fall. Most bird distributed fruits are red, making them easy for birds to see. This is a welcome sight for migrating birds and definitely should be considered for your garden planning. (more…)

Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into Hummingbird Heaven (21st-Century Gardening Series)

Turning Your Yard into Hummingbird Heaven

Turning Your Yard into Hummingbird Heaven

Hummingbirds enliven your garden with their glittering colors and bold, inquisitive personalities, as they dash from one tempting bloom to the next.
In this handbook, Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard into Hummingbird Heaven, you will learn how to attract North America’s tiniest birds to your yard by planting flowers they love.

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Hummingbird Nectar

Humming birds are found throughout the Americas including the Caribbean. Known for their hovering ability and unique ability to fly backwards, humming birds hover by rapidly flapping their wings at speeds up to 80 times a second.

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world at only 2 inches long and around 1. 8 grams.

The Giant Hummingbird is the largest hummingbird at 24 grams and approximately 8 inches long. They have the fastest metabolism of a birds and to sustain this they must eat their own weight and more in food daily. To do this they must visit hundreds of blooms a day to harvest the nectar.

They have long bills and tongues to reach deep into flowers. They are able to slow down their metabolisms when at rest, unlike most other high metabolism animals and this extends their lifespan which has been reported to be up to 17 years.

A Hummingbird Friendly Garden

To attract humming birds to your garden plant brightly coloured flowers and shrubs. Hummingbirds have very little sense of smell but are attracted to bright colours. Hanging a hummingbird feeder in your garden or on your patio will attract these lovely birds.

Annuals to plant include beard tongue, salvia, petunia, jewelweed, jacobinia, impatiens, and firespike. Perennial plants to attract hummingbirds include foxglove, hosta, hummingbird mint, lupine, yucca, cardinal flower, bee balm, canna and columbine. For trees and shrubs choose azalea, buddleia, cape honeysuckle, mimosa, weigela, flame acanthus, lantana, red buckeye and tree tobacco.

Do not use pesticides in your garden as, not only will they kill bugs and insects that the hummingbirds eat but any residue left on flowers could be ingested by them. Also provide lots of perching places as hummingbirds spend about 80% of the time resting on twigs, clothes lines etc.

Provide plants that will supply nesting materials to attract female hummingbirds. They prefer downy nesting material from trees such as eucalyptus and willow and from ferns, mosses and lichens.

Hanging brightly coloured feeders in your garden will attract the hummingbirds. A good ideas is to attach red ribbons that blow around the feeder. It is also a good idea to provide feeders at different heights as hummingbird species have different preferences.

Species that favor low growing plants will visit a feeder placed lower while species that feed on taller plants and shrubs will prefer to visit a feeder placed in a higher position. Hummingbirds are also very territorial and one hummingbird may defend a single feeder and prevent others from approaching. Place at least three feeders at different heights around your garden.

Hummingbirds love to bathe in the mist on leaves so you could place a mister close to any broadleaved plants to provide them with a bathing place.

Making Hummingbird Nectar

Make a sweet nectar by mixing together a cup of sugar and four cups of pre-boiled water. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Unused nectar can safely be stored for about a week. Thoroughly clean hummingbird feeders weekly by rinsing with a solution of one cup of vinegar to four cups of water then rinsing with plain water. Fill with the nectar and hang in a shady place. Do not use any food colouring or synthetic sweeteners or honey as it can ferment and have a fungus that is harmful. Change the nectar in your feeder all three days or more mainly in hotter weather.

Give the hummingbirds the food they love and a comfortable environment and they’ll visit our garden often.

Plants To Attract Hummingbirds

a ruby-throated hummingbird sipping nectar fro...

a ruby-throated hummingbird sipping nectar from scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is nothing more wonderful than relaxing in your guarded and watching the jeweled flight of humming birds and butterflies as they go about their business in your garden. But if you don’t often see hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden, it’s not because they don’t like you, it’s probably because they don’t like your plants!

Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to certain types of plants because they drink the nectar from them. Therefore its chance to reason if you want to attract them to your garden and one of the types of plants that they like. Now this doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to just a few types of plants because there are many different shrubs and flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies love.

When choosing flowers for your garden, you need to keep in mind the zone that you live in and whether you are planting it in a shady or sunny spot and by plant that will thrive under those conditions. The Red Columbine, for example, will attract hummingbirds and can be grown in zones 2 through 8. The vibrant red color of the plant will look beautiful in your garden as it blooms early in the season and will attract the birds just returning home.

If you want a tall a plant that you could stick at the back of the garden you might consider the Delphinium which grows in zones 2 to 9 and can reach up to 5 feet in height. This is a great flowering plant for any garden scheme as you can get it in a variety of colors.

If you want flocks of butterflies in the fall then you will want to plant a butterfly bush but beware these can grow very, very tall. These also attract hummingbirds and if you add a verbena bush alongside hanging fuchsia you’ll have an area that is very attractive to these beautiful winged creatures. (more…)

The Hummingbird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Hummingbirds

The Hummingbird Book

The Hummingbird Book

Attract amazing hummingbirds to your backyard!

With this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide, you’ll find it easy to attract these tiny jewel-like birds to your own yard.

The Stokes Hummingbird Book provides all the information you need to bring hummingbirds up close, identify them, and understand their fascinating and varied behavior. The book includes:

* Range maps and full-color photographs to help you identify and locate hummingbirds

* Information on how to select the proper feeders, what to use in them, when to put them up, and when to take them down

* Advice on what flowers to plant to attract hummingbirds in your part of the country

* Amazing facts about hummingbirds, such as how fast they fly and how much they weigh

* Guidelines for photographing hummingbirds

* Complete information on hummingbird behavior, including flight displays, breeding habits, and feeding

* A special section on attracting orioles, with photographs and behavior guides for each of the eight species found in North America

* A resource list for hummingbird supplies.

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Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing (Rodale Organic Gardening Books)

Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your Backyard (book)

Roll out the welcome mat for butterfles and hummingbirds. Attracting Butterfles and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard reveals the secrets for creating irresistible gardens and a welcoming landscape, which will lure these amazing creatures up close and personal for your enjoyment and wonder.
Author Sally Roth knows the best plants, feeders, and water features that appeal to butterflies and hummingbirds, plus she offers an entertaining and insightful guide to butterfly and hummingbird behavior.

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