Hummingbirds in the Garden

Just wanted to share some pretty photos of the ruby-throated hummingbird in my garden. She loves the bee balm planted in the front garden (actually preferring that to the feeder I have in the bed as well). She visits on a timed schedule, making her rounds around the neighborhood and being back on our property within a 10 minute time window.

Monarda (Bee Balm) "Raspberry Wine"

Verbena bonariensis attracts butterflies also.

These photos were taken before I put the hummingbird feeder out front. For the solution, I take 1 cup of granulated sugar with 4 cups of water.  I bring this mixture to a light boil and then take it off the heat to cool. In the hot summer it's necessary to change the sugar syrup regularly so mold doesn't grow inside. An ant moat hanging above the feeder helps to keep the ants away.

Who visits your garden?


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