Hummingbirds All Around
Do you have any hummingbirds in your yard? If so, I am sure you can appreciate just how long I had to stand still to get this picture. And how many photos I took, one after the other, to finally get this one. If you want to attract these beautiful birds to your backyard, we have this handout about them along with many other articles on what they like and the plants you should add to your garden.
Food for Your Hummingbirds
I got my Hummingbird feeder from Larry Hurley a few years ago. Each year we would see one once in a while, but I think we have a family of hummingbirds this year. Maybe we finally hit on the correct formula of sugar and water. I mixed up 1 part sugar and 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of water). Some instructions say to boil the water, but I use a cup of very hot water to dissolve the sugar and then add the rest cold. We dump it into the CLEAN feeder and hang it out. In the past, I will admit we were sort of lazy and would go more than a week in between changing the sugar water. Now we try to do it at least two times a week. This has paid off with our family of hummingbirds and butterflies sipping from the feeder.
Summer Chocolate Mimosa Trees
I think having my Summer Chocolate Mimosa tree nearby has also helped. I know that the regular Mimosa is invasive, and it sounds like this one is too. Although I bought it from Behnke’s years ago, they stopped selling them after I got mine. I have to say though, this year the tree is fabulous. So full of the pink blooms against the burgundy foliage. It has been amazing watching the hummingbirds zip back and forth from the Mimosa to the feeder. Even better are the many different butterflies that are surrounding the blooms on the tree.
I need to add here what Miri Talabac, Behnke’s former Woody Plant Buyer, told me about the Summer Chocolate Mimosa tree. (It’s invasive, and not recommended for adding to your yard as they’re potentially short-lived in general since Mimosa can get an incurable wilt disease and have other unsightly pest issues). I love my tree so I will just enjoy it until if and when this disease takes it from me. You can still purchase these trees, however please keep in mind Mira’s warning before buying.
We are pretty sure this family of hummingbirds are using our feeder just to keep us entertained. This past week we could see the difference in the size of two of them. So tiny and fast, I think they know we are watching and love it.
More Hummingbird Articles
Susan Harris wrote an article, How To Attract Hummingbirds, for us a few years ago, including a great video of a hummingbird eating from a man’s hand. I think I might need to take my lawn chair out by the feeder and see if they will come to me. I might even get a better picture! By the way, I love my new phone and the images it takes. I was amazed at how far away I was when I took this picture.