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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:41 am

Earlier this year I tied up one of my sunflowers with yarn to try to straighten it up a bit. While I was in the garden a chickadee came by. It was probably just trying to get nesting material, but it really looked more like
"Oh, no, someone tied you up! I'll free you from captivity, Mrs Sunflower!" neener
I wished I'd had my camera, it was adorable. I freed the sunflower after the bird left, I was a little afraid it would damage the stalk with how enthusiastically it was going after the yarn.

Last year a hummingbird came by the garden and I asked what I was growing for them. Next year, I promised.
So as promised, this year I planted cardinal flowers and Penstemon, and the sunset hyssop and columbine I planted last year bloomed. (The cardinal climber didn't work out - not enough attention to the seedlings on my part.)
What do the hummingbirds like after my efforts? The volunteer jewelweed that so politely planted itself 1 per square that I left it, and... ?my pole beans? Wasn't expecting that. Photo of the hummer resting in a tree and a blur feeding on the pole bean flowers:
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Post  countrynaturals on Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:41 am

We just bought a trumpet vine for our hummers, but we won't know if they like it until next year. They also go after our butterfly plants -- milkweed, etc.
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Post  sanderson on Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:01 am

Cute photos!

CN, Something my hummingbirds love is Mexican Sage. It does get big and spread out (fall over) but both bees and the birds love it. Buy one plant and you can divide every couple years forever.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:06 am

I just opened my front door to evict a lost beetle and was shocked to suddenly have a male red-throated hummer 2 ft from me, sipping at some bolted arugula (wild-type, Diplotaxis sp) flowers I was neglecting growing in a 5-gallon bucket on the porch. Beautiful - but... Arugula? Really?? I plant all these nice flowers just for you guys, and I find out you would have been happy if i just planted more cheap, easy-to-germinate arugula?   silly me 
Aye, aye hummers. I... I'll make a note of that for next year. salute
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:57 am

Isn't that just the way?  Bolted arugula!  Interesting!  Mine also love the lantana in my containers on the patio.  And old fashioned red hollyhocks.  I have never seen them on my beans....but mine have purple flowers too...
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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:15 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Isn't that just the way?  Bolted arugula!  Interesting!  Mine also love the lantana in my containers on the patio.  And old fashioned red hollyhocks.  I have never seen them on my beans....but mine have purple flowers too...
Butterflies love lantana, too. It's one of their faves. I love you
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Post  llama momma on Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:21 pm

Had 5 of these little hummers hovering around the feeder.  Could only get two to sit still long enough.  Other photo is a cute wing wave.

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Post  countrynaturals on Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:16 pm

That bottom shot with the wings up is a real winner! 
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:53 pm

So cute!  I have my hummingbird feeder right next to my sunflower feeder....it has been fun watching them cavorting about and getting to know the other birds!  I need to get my camera out here, because the goldfinches have been fun also.
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