Bee Balm: Monarda
“Percentage wise, the hummingbird has the largest brain of all birds (4.2% of its total body weight).”
“Hummingbirds in the U.S. and around the world have the benefit of being garden and backyard favorites. Many people put out hummingbird feeders or grow flowers that attract hummingbirds in the warmer months that allow these birds to refuel during their long migratory journeys. What’s in sight is often in mind, and many fans of hummingbirds are doing what they can to keep every backyard, park and garden a friendly place for these beautiful birds.”(quote from Defenders of Wildlife )
The hummingbird like many species is suffering loss of habitat. We can provide a suitable habitat by placing flowers and trees, shrubs and vines that will attract them.
This is a great article from Virginia Tech, titled ” Backyard Habitat for Wildlife: consider the flowers, trees, shrubs and vines listed as possible additions to your garden this year. The flowers tend to range from orange to reds with trumpet type shapes. Here’s a few examples:
Sweet William: Dianthus barbatus
Coral Bells: Heuchera sanguinea
Enjoy planning and preparing a welcoming for these marvelous and enchanting creatures .
Enjoy your day. Judith