Hummingbird Photo Contest
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by Samantha Hawley
3d ago
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7 Go-To Garden Flowers That Butterflies Like
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by Rachel Maidl
1w ago
Eastern tiger swallowtails on Joe Pye weed Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium Zones 4 to 9 In addition to being one of the perennial flowers that butterflies like the most, these late summer and fall blooming plants also attract moths and native bees. “I have an herb garden outside my kitchen window that includes Joe Pye weed,” says Lyn Cosby of Atlanta, Georgia. “Last summer, Eastern tiger swallowtails visited it on a daily basis.” The post 7 Go-To Garden Flowers That Butterflies Like appeared first on Birds and Blooms ..read more
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Top 10 Plants to Propagate That Grow From Cuttings
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by Kirsten Schrader
1w ago
I’ve never met a gardener who didn’t want to share or expand his or her garden. And there are so many ways to do just that. One easily overlooked way is by taking plant cuttings. You can take a snip of a plant to start a whole new one—for yourself or a friend! Bear in mind that you can’t take a cutting from a plant that is patented. That’s usually any new variety, but you can tell by checking the plant tag. Most old fashioned favorites and garden classics are fine to use for cuttings. Most important, though: Don’t get discouraged if growing from plant cuttings doesn’t work the first couple of ..read more
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How to Identify and Attract a Pine Warbler
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by Lori Vanover
1w ago
Pine Warbler Identification Male pine warbler in summer breeding plumage Identifying a pine warbler is a matter of getting a good look and finding it in its favorite habitat. With greenish olive backs and bright yellow underneath, and dark gray colored wings with two white wingbars and green-gray streaking on the sides, these birds can resemble other warblers at a quick glance. Females are duller than males. Complicating identification, it’s often harder to identify first-year birds in fall. Dr. Pamela Hunt, Senior Conservation Biologist for Audubon New Hampshire, explains. “In the fall, they ..read more
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Top 10 Pink, Yellow and Orange Flowers That Look Like a Sunset
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by Molly Jasinski
1w ago
Superbells Tropical Sunrise Calibrachoa Calibrachoa, annual Growing 6 to 12 inches tall, Tropical Sunrise has a trailing habit that makes it ideal for filling in pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. Streaks of yellow, pink and red on each flower mean this hummingbird favorite can be planted alone or be paired with similar hues. Why we love it: Some of its many perks include gorgeous color and continuous blooms that last into fall. Plus there’s no need to deadhead calibrachoa—a gardener’s dream! Amp up the drama in your garden with these burgundy perennial flowers. The post Top 10 Pink, Yell ..read more
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Shasta Daisy Plant Care and Growing Tips
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by Jill Staake
1w ago
Shasta daisy plants are known for their cheerful white flowers. There’s something special about the colorful flower gardens that blossom across the Midwest when the weather warms. Perennials like coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, hostas, and lilies are at their best in mid-summer. Shasta daisy adds a lovely cool splash of white to these colorful beds. If you’re not already growing these beautiful daisies, here’s what you need to know. Check out the top 10 dazzling types of daisies you should grow. The History of Shasta Daisies The Shasta daisy is named in honor of Mt. Shasta. Shasta daisy d ..read more
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15 Prettiest White Flowering Shrubs to Grow
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by Lori Vanover
2w ago
White Flowering Shrubs: Mock Orange Philadelphus spp., Zones 3 to 11 These easygoing white flowering shrubs can be grown in a range of soils and amounts of light—just avoid soggy, poorly draining patches. Pick a cultivar with flower buds that are hardy in your region. Many cultivars are smaller, but some reach up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Try Illuminati Tower for spires of yellow-centered white blooms. Why we love it: Plant this beauty near windows or anywhere you often pass to get a whiff of the richly scented flowers that bloom in spring. The post 15 Prettiest White Flowering Sh ..read more
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Identify and Attract a Rufous Hummingbird
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by Jill Staake
2w ago
What Do Rufous Hummingbirds Look Like? Male rufous hummingbird You’ll know it’s a male rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) if you see its back completely covered with coppery orange feathers. Males are reddish brown on the back, base of crown and most of the tail with an iridescent scarlet gorget (throat). Female rufous hummingbirds Females and juveniles are sport more subdued coloring, with metallic green above, white below, and pale rust-colored sides. Both sexes are 3-3/4 inches long with a wingspan of 4-1/2 inches. To help it hover, a rufous’ wings beat at high speeds—as fast as 5 ..read more
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Sedge (Carex) Plant Growing Guide
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by Clewis
2w ago
Sedge Care and Growing Tips Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ Common name: Sedge Botanical name: Carex spp. Hardiness zones: 3 to 9, depending on the species Water needs: can be low or high, depending on the species Light needs: can be full sun to deep shade, depending on the species Soil type: average, well draining, but can be dry or moist depending on species Sedges (Carex spp.) are grass-like perennial plants grown primarily for their foliage. As low growing plants, they are often used as ground covers or turf alternatives, but they can also be beautiful specimen plants and container plants ..read more
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Coreopsis (Tickseed) Flower Care and Growing Tips
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by Emily Hannemann
2w ago
How to Grow Coreopsis Flowers Lanceleaf coreopsis Common name: Tickseed Scientific name: Coreopsis Light needs: Full sun Soil: Well-draining Growing zones: 3 or 4 to 9 Attracts: Birds, bees, butterflies For the warm-weather gardener, coreopsis—also known as tickseed—is an ideal choice. Thriving in full sun, it tolerates a variety of dry and hot conditions. While some varieties can be grown in part shade, most need at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day to bloom to its fullest potential. Tickseed is a perennial, and it grows best in well-draining soils. It has a habit of spreading and ..read more
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