Wed. Jun. 27, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Hummingbirds

The little garden jewel, the hummingbird, the bestower of Joy…

Those wings are flapping so fast the camera couldn’t slow them down!

Hummingbirds have long been a part of traditional western cultures.  They represent joy and tenacity.   The hummingbird’s wing movement, which uses the up stroke as well as the down stroke for power,  appears to be the sign for infinity.  They also symbolize eternity.   In Caribbean cultures, it is believed that hummingbirds represent those we love who have passed on.  So if you see a hummingbird, perhaps that’s a loved one saying hello.

Attract hummingbirds with:

  • Clethra
  • Azaleas
  • Cardinal flower
  • Heuchera
  • Helitrope
  • Salvia
  • Petunias
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Bee Balm aka Monarda
  • Honeysuckle vines
  • Trumpet Vine


Ruby throated hummingbird on lonicera aka honeysuckle vine
Honeysuckle vine ‘dropmore scarlet’ June 2018

Along with a myriad of other flowers, be sure to give them sugar water.  Use table sugar NOT koolaid, sugar substitute, jello or honey.  There’s no need to color the sugar water.

Sugar water:  Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar.  Boil it, cover it and let it cool.  It should last for 4 days before changing it.  You don’t want it to get moldy!

For more information on the Ruby throated hummingbird, click on the Audubon Society link.

And then there’s this one!  This is my tattoo cover up.  The first one was in 1980 – the cover up was done in 2010…  I wish it still looked that vibrant!