Friday, June 30, 2006

more pictures from the last day in June

Candy Cane zinnia

Hummingbird jungle is growing well

Pincushion flower

Another huge daisy

Last Day Of June

Black and Blue Salvia

Bee balm

A yellow day lily

More bee balm

Rose Queen salvia

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

things continue to grow

Still trying to get a good hummingbird picture. Today I was out weeding and one hovered two feet in front of my face. Of course my camera was inside:)Here are some daisies with pink and white Coral Nymph.

The herbs are doing well. Anyone know any recipes that use chives?

This plant was labeled Hummingbird Sage. It looks a lot like Lady In Red Salvia Coccinea to me.

Here is a progress picture of my new flower bed. Things are starting to grow at a good rate.

This is a new plant I'm trying callled Scarlet Hedgenettle or Stachys Coccinea. So far it seems pretty floppy to me. Not sure if I will grow it again.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

flower quiz

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Just a quiet day in the yard

orange cestrum is blooming

The morning glories are still blooming.

This orange cestrum just started blooming. Looks like a nice plant.

Our new flag is up.

I found this raspberry sage at a gas station. I love the color of it.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Still working on my bird photography

I snapped this picture of a goldfinch today. We have lots of goldfinches here and they frequent the thistle feeder year round. He is a bit easier to photograph than the hummingbirds that are so quick. The hummingbirds are returning to the feeder and flowers here now that the bee balm is blooming and nesting must be almost over. I keep grabbing my camera to get a good shot of one, but they are gone before I can get the picture. It should be easier as the numbers increase in the upcoming weeks.
This is a hot lips salvia that I bought on Ebay.(love Ebay for hard to find plants). Depending on conditions they range from red to white with varying combinations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

More red flowers

My garden does have a lot of red flowers. Luckily, red flowers are my favorite.

Here is a red lilly.

Here is some Honey Dew Sage. This plant smells great.

Red Lupine

Red Snapdragon

The first of the Bee Balm is blooming out front! Once this blooms there should be an increase in the amount of hummingbirds around here. Last year they loved this plant.

red flowers

Gardening for hummingbirds usually means alot of red flowers. I decided to take some picturea of the ones blooming right now.

This is a red verbena.

Bat face Cuphea

Navajo Red Salvia

Texas Hummingbird Sage

Red Zinnia

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Another June day in the garden

This is a Clementis that was here before we moved in. It is huge this year. I've heard hummingbirds like Clementis, but I have never seen them using it.

The snapdragons out front are finally blooming.

Finally getting some peas from the veggie garden. The deer managed to eat about half of the plants this year.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Back in the garden

Lots of weeding to catch up on. Pruning is on the list of things to do as well. It was a perfect summer day here in Wisconsin today, about 75 degrees with low humidity.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Back from vacation, but too rainy for garden pictures

Well, I made it back from vacation. The Outerbanks of North Carolina appear to have some great hummingbird plants. Lots of wild red & pink honeysuckle, trumpet vines and some type of native bush with red flowers. My garden appears to have survived without me, although one pepper plant and a plant called red birds appear to have bit the dust. The weeds seem to have flourished as well. It is raining today, but hope to get some new pictures up soon.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Last images from the garden before vacation

Good-bye garden! I'll see you in a week. Keep growing while I am gone:)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

more hummingbird plants blooming

This is an Abutilon. I only learned of this plant this year and spotted it at Eberts Nursery in Ixonia. I don't know if it will get big enough for the hummer to use planted in the ground, but I sure like it. It has a great verigated leaves as well. Next year I may try it in a hanging basket.

These are simple coral bells. I don't think this plant is that pretty, but it is actually a perennial here and hummers like it.

This is a Lonicera ‘Blanche Sandman’ honeysuckle. It is not growing as fast as my scarlet dropmore honeysuckle, but it is blooming. I bought two of these from High Country Gardens. Hoping they will take off and return year after year.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Lots of plants, but not many hummingbirds

Lots of plants are starting to bloom, but the hummingbirds are rather scarce at the moment. They are nesting and will show up in bigger numbers later this month(hopefully)

Last year when I first started my hummingbird garden I kept reading that they like salvias. I went out and bought a bunch of meadow salvia(like this May Night). The hummingbirds actually like the more tropical kinds of salvias. While the meadow salvias do great in Wisconsin and return year after year, they are not that great for attracting hummingbirds.

This plant is coral nymph coccinea. I was able to find a store selling flats of these and lady in red coccinea. This should be a great hummingbird plant. I've added these two types of plants to all of my garden beds. Supposidly, they reseed easily as well.

My red Dianthus came back great this year. My front bed is filled with it.
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