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it doesn't take much to impress hummingbirds

2003-04-02 - 2:04 p.m.

It's pretty easy to please a hummingbird. My small wildflower patch is a work in progress, with many plants that will need to grow in over the years to reach full size, such as the Abutilons, but I've still had remarkable fortune in attracting hummers and other birds.

Here's the way the patch by the air-conditioning unit looked after I returned from Trinidad in the summer of 2001, all fired up and ready to attract some hummingbirds of my own:

before garden picture with lawn and bare patch

Here's how it looked this morning:

after garden picture with spiderworts, salvia, and other wild plants

Obviously, I have a ways to go but it takes minimal effort and expense to set up a wildflower garden that doesn't need weeding because the weeds are part of the charm.

Here's a close-up of an area that includes a nice patch of Spiderworts, which is not a hummingbird plant but rather a native wildflower that I dig out of my lawn, and a bright red Salvia splendens, "gas station plant," which is a hummingbird favorite.

spiderworts and salvia

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