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Not hummer-less yet . . .

I thought the lone hummingbird I observed on October 5th would be my last observed hummer this year, which is about average for my yard.  After that date, I went four days without seeing a hummer in the yard.  The … Continue reading

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A Petunia for hummingbirds

The common garden petunia (Petunia x hybrida) often shows up on lists of plants recommended for hummingbirds.  Hummers will visit hybrid petunias, especially if there is nothing better in the neighborhood, but if you plant them your hummers may be … Continue reading

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And then there was one . . .

The last week of September saw my hummingbird numbers dwindle from about five or so down to one seen on the last day of the month.  Yesterday, the first day of October, I was lucky to briefly observe one shy … Continue reading

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Out of the frying pan, into the freezer

It just isn’t fair!  Yesterday, a sweltering 91 degrees here in Red Wing.  Yet a freeze warning has been issued for tomorrow night, with a predicted low of 29 degrees!  The strong north winds tomorrow will probably carry with them … Continue reading

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Labor Day Garden Shots

It is that time of year in the garden that I envision for many months, beginning on frigid, dark winter evenings when I winter sow my first seeds of the year, when the garden outside is asleep under a blanket … Continue reading

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Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

This weekend (August 20-21) I’m banding hummingbirds at the 3rd annual Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah and also giving my hummingbird gardening presentation.  There are more birds this year than either of the first two years–come on by to watch me band, … Continue reading

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article in Northern Gardener

An article about my hummingbird garden has been published in the latest issue (July/August 2011) of Northern Gardener magazine, the publication of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.  The article includes pictures of many of the plants in my garden.  For … Continue reading

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