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Old 08-05-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I saw it for the second time today! It was making a move toward the lobelia cardinalis, but flew away when it saw me. I'm so happy I planted those! I have never seen a hummingbird in real life before!
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Aren't they fun to see? Red is their favorite color (purple seems to do well too), and they like trumpet-shaped flowers the best. I try to have flowers for them spring to fall. Petunias and fuschias in pots help fill in.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Yes it was really exciting! Today I thought it was a butterfly...then whoa!
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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I put a Hummingbird feeder out earlier this week and I have many plants that they are supposed to like, but they haven't found me yet. Any hints on what to do or how long it takes?

I have squirrels, blue jays, finches, but no hummingbirds.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:50 PM
 
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It does take them some time to find you. Also, they zip in and out and you might be getting hummers without realizing it. Hang a potted petunia right outside a window in a room you're in a lot and you'll be more likely to catch them. The only tip I can think of is that mass plantings of the flowers they like seem to draw them to a yard, more than scattered ones. Once they come, they'll visit all over though.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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I put a Hummingbird feeder out earlier this week and I have many plants that they are supposed to like, but they haven't found me yet. Any hints on what to do or how long it takes?

I have squirrels, blue jays, finches, but no hummingbirds.
I think it depends on where you are. I planted two lobelia cardinalis (shade plants, red flowers, native to East coast of US) this year...and the bird just appeared out of nowhere. I'd say maybe it took about 3 months...

I also planted various native monardas, eupatoriums and butterfly plants and I have butterflies out the wazoo. I bought my plants on amazon.com, at a local native nursery and at Lowes.

Hummingbird: top ten native plants
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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We hung a feeder right outside of our family room windows this spring. I've had up to a dozen hummers buzzing around the yard at one time. I love them.
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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Good for you-they are v-e-r-y special....enjoy!

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I saw it for the second time today! It was making a move toward the lobelia cardinalis, but flew away when it saw me. I'm so happy I planted those! I have never seen a hummingbird in real life before!
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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They are a fun bunch indeed, enjoy, it's always too quiet when they leave for the winter.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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My hummingbird story. One day I left my garage door open and somehow a hummingbird flew in. I thought if I leave the garage door and the other door open surely it would fly out. Hours later I came out to the garage and this hummingbird was still circling on the ceiling. I could only imagine how tired it was and thought it would probably perish if it didn't soon find it's way out. In an effort to guide it out I used a leaf rake to steer it towards the door and I did get it right to the door way. Every time I tired to guide it off the ceiling it managed to fly back up to the ceiling. Finally, as if it knew I was trying to help it, it landed on the rake and I was able to lower the rake to the door way and the hummingbird flew off.
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