There are ways of attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. You just have to find the right plants and colors of plants to lure them in.
I always want to get photos of the hummingbirds, but they are so fast I rarely do. Their little wings flutter so rapidly it is but a blur! But I keep trying.
Isn’t that purple bloom the most artistic, intricate, and beautiful thing? I’m in love with that plant.
It is the columbine, sure to bring in hummingbirds. There isn’t an artist alive that could rival Mother Nature and her blooms.

If you want to attract hummers and butterflies, remember that they share my love of red. 

Plant both perennials and annuals that are long-blooming. But typically in most regions they will last only a year. 

However I have morning glories that self-seed. It is best to plant a variety of colors, including purple, which also attracts them.

Purple and red will attract them right into your garden space.

Dill is an annual that will supply both fresh herbs for your table, and it also attracts butterflies to your garden. As many herbs will.

Every year I wait for the butterflies. Usually I am only lucky enough to see a few, and I run for my camera. They get so mesmerized by the blooms that I’m often able to get a few snap shots of them. And that makes my day!

I am thrilled to say that the birds have finally found my bird feeder. However, I have only seen sparrows so far. They certainly are not considered the royalty of birds. Nor do they have gorgeous feathers. 

But then, I told myself as I gazed out the window waiting for a cardinal or a robin or a mockingbird, everyone has to eat.


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  1. I loved feeding the birds. The Chickadees were always my favorite. Or was it nuthatch? Or the downy woodpecker? Or the ladder-back? Maybe they were all my favorites. What I didn't love were the raccoons that came in and made pigs of themselves by eating all the seed. Or the bears that not only ate the see, but ran away with the feeder. Needless to say I don'[t feed the birds any longer. I do have a birdbath and that is fun to watch.
    I have never had a cardinal come into my yard. Is there a secret to getting them to come in?

  2. II am starting a second zinnia bed for my hummingbirds, finches, and butterflies this year. The zinnias in the new bed are sprouting now. I put down some blue bachelor button seeds at the edge of the zinnia beds. Haven't seen the buttons sprouting yet. Maybe got washed away by rain. I thought the bright zinnias would be pretty with some blue thrown in. Hope my h. birds approve.

  3. So Brenda must have been a hummingbird in another life…she sweet, and loves red. I love that little columbine…have to seed some of mine as soon as it warms up.


  4. I suppose that yard has been empty of treats for them for years, so it will take some time. They will love your gardens! Thought of you this morning when I had to hand wring out a throw pillow that kept stopping the drum! After 3x of ringing it out it finally finished it's cycle!

  5. The little sparrows are such cute little birds and yes, they need to eat too. Once the others see their is a buffet out, they will show up. I've tried growing dill many times. It's just too darn hot here.

  6. Such lovely flower photos. I'm really hoping you draw a hummingbird or two in the near future. Hurray…the birds are finally coming! Enjoyed this post…

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