Hummingbird Magic!

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If hummingbirds could talk, they’d probably say that they love salvias.

This black and blue salvia is another hummingbird favorite.

I love how the hummers never miss the flower openings, no matter how tiny or oddly shaped.

My garden and the visiting creature always have given me great joy,
but especially during the pandemic days.
It’s my place of happiness where all is well!
🙂

 

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

20 thoughts on “Hummingbird Magic!”

  1. Hey Sabine! I love the contrast between the purple-blue of the salvia and the hummers. Gorgeous! Now, I can’t wait for our weather to warm so these darlings return to my yard. Have a great rest of your week!

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    • This sage is so beautiful! It’s survived all kinds of weather over the years but took quite a while to get established. The hummers are showing up in greater numbers now and hopefully some of them will head over your way. Happy Springtime Missy!

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  2. christine says:

    Hey, I have that blue-black salvia! The hummers do love it. We are seeing a few even though we are still getting frost, after our heat wave in Feb. Rosalies pineapple salvia survived the winter and is blooming! Happy Hummers at Boas!

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    • Christine, I’ve seen this salvia in your garden. Your weather is better for it and I’m always a little envious at how big and beautiful yours looks! I can imagine the hummers enjoying Rosalie’s pineapple sage. Mine got really beat up in the ice storm but hopefully it will come back. It’s finally getting warmer here, but no heatwave! 🙋‍♀️

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  3. The blue Salvias are gorgeous Sabine. I have seen them at the nursery in the past, but never gotten them. I’ve only seen them in a “bowl” planter you can buy around Memorial Day and/or the 4th of July and the planter is filled with red, white and blue annuals. How energetic the hummingbird is when it filling its beak with the nectar of these flowers. I would not be able to tear myself away from the garden if I lived there.

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    • I agree on the blue salvia, Linda! I have two of them and I love them. Easy care and pests don’t seem to like them. A friend in California has some and hers are gigantic. The good weather there of course helps! And yes, it would be a nice addition to a 4th of July planter!

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      • I wish they’d eat ants – I have a lot of them around the house and every Spring the last four-five years. I contacted Wild Birds Unlimited last week to ask if they a recommendation for a spray since the ants kept getting into the hummer feeder last year – he said sprinkle some diatomaceous earth around the perimeter. Have you ever done that Sabine?

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      • I swear that the Portland metro area is built on an anthill! They can be a real pain. We’ve even had some carpenter ants once but had someone come out to spray for them. They can be destructive. I have used diatomaceous earth several times. It does work but can harm beneficial insects as well. If you use it be sure to wear a good mask! I hope they don’t discover the hummingbird feeders. They hang from freestanding hooks and have a couple of water moats they would have to cross to get to the sugar water. I’m more concerned about wasps and yellow jackets though. I’ll set out traps soon for them. I hope you get your ants figured out. It can be frustrating to keep them at bay. Good luck Linda!

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      • We were sprayed for years for the carpenter ants and then we switched from Orkin to a small company that was recommended by our HVAC guy – he used them in his rental properties for roaches. They got rid of the carpenter ants using marigold dust … it worked well! They were gone the same day! I had the basement, garage and perimeter of the house sprayed for years for spiders/centipedes but stopped due to my canary. I don’t like the tiny ants in the house … they only come in on one side … but that side is the kitchen, bathroom and my room … my room is the worst with ants on the walls and ceilings. The Terro traps do not work well. I was at a loss. I had some wasps get in … I put the port protectors but took them off when I didn’t see any hummingbirds in early Summer – I thought they couldn’t get into the port. The ants went up the shepherd’s hooks, so I got two separate, free-standing shepherd’s hooks … it was good until late in the Summer … they got in every day. Thanks for the tip with the diatomacious earth. I was worried about the powder/earth getting carried into the hummingbird feeder.

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      • For the ants you can google Borax. There are several recipes online on how to mix it with sugar and water. They carry it back to their nest and it kills them. Ants can be hard to get rid of, I feel for you! I hope they don’t get into the hummingbird feeder here ! Good luck with the ants, Linda!

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      • OK, I will try that then Sabine. I asked Phil, who owns the Wild Bird Immunity what he recommended – this is what he said, but I’ve not bought any yet. Luckily the inside small ants are on the other side of the house, not where the hummingbird feeders are, but they were coming from somewhere else. It is discouraging sometimes. Especially in my room.

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      • Thanks Sabine – I don’t like them outside or inside, but in my room is the worse. I sleep with my face covered with a blanket during that 2-3 weeks of ant mania.

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