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2014- Most visited flower

Posted by cindip z7 NC (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 7:14

Hi y'all,
What is the flower or plant that the hummingbirds have visited the most this year? Last year it was lantana at my house. This year it is Black & Blue salvia, a purple pentsemon (I think it is pikes purple) and a coral bean flower.


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RE: 2014- Most visited flower

Tough to say; individual hummers have their favorites, so the most-visited fluctuates with which hummers are hanging around. Right now. the most visited is probably a toss-up between Tecoma 'Orange Jubilee', various Russelia and Salvia 'Amistad'.

Oddly enough, one bush they fought over last year, leonotis, has received few visitors this year. I pruned it way back, but it has been flowering again for a while now without much interest. Kangaroo paws were popular in the spring, but they are finished with their bloom period now.

I pretended the flowers on hummingbird feeders didn't count in this survey... ;)


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The old standards are proving their worth yet again.

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Russelia equisetiformis
Cuphea 'David Verity'
Various honeysuckles - Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler', Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina', Lonicera x heckrottii 'Gold Flame', etc.

For fun I have some potted plants on the back deck railing so we can watch them from the kitchen window and back door window. I've got a Goldfish Plant, red lantana, cape fuchsia, Bouvardia ternifolia and my Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica) is finally starting to bloom!

I still haven't gotten any hummers to come to the feeder but that's okay since the Downy Woodpeckers adore it. :)

-Robert

This post was edited by robert1971 on Wed, Jul 30, 14 at 10:07


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RE: 2014- Most visited flower

They're loving the monarda (bee balm) and the hosta flowers.

Also, scarlet runner beans. I grew some on a trellis in the veggie garden, and the hummers love those, too!

This post was edited by sandyslopes on Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 4:21


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I have one returner that loves the 'jacob cline' monarda.


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The hummers go-to flowers in my garden this season
are Black and Blue Salvia and zinnias.


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There is a pair in our yard who enjoy the baskets of pink portulaca hanging on our deck.


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In my garden the nasturtiums are the most visited, but they are also the most numerous.

I've also been buzzed several times while picking pole beans, I never thought of veggies as hummingbird plants but I often see them visiting the beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and whenever I let brassicas go to flower (broccoli, kale, etc.) the hummers love it.


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Once again it is the Raspberry Wine monarda, hands down!


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Gorgeous photo, Shilla. A perfect shot of the little guy, complete with wings! He looks pretty well-fed :)

The Raspberry Wine is beautiful, much prettier than Jacob Cline, I think.


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Gyr_Falcon, I recently bought a salvia amistad and cannot wait for it to bloom. I hope it does before the hummingbirds leave. :)


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While in bloom, it was Silene regia. Then Lobelia cardinalis and Standing Cypress var. Burpee's Hummingbird Mix. Now also Cuphea x David Verity.


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For me, it's been Honeysuckle 'Major Wheeler'-- but I have three of them, and it's a big area near the feeders. Second to that has been Agastache 'Ava'.


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For me, it's been Honeysuckle 'Major Wheeler'-- but I have three of them, and it's a big area near the feeders. Second to that has been Agastache 'Ava'.


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For me, it's been Honeysuckle 'Major Wheeler'-- seeing constant acitivty now. But I have three of them, and it's a big area near the feeders. Second to that has been Agastache 'Ava'.

The red Bouvardia ternifolia is also getting lots of visits now.


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Planted a couple of new 'Ava's this year in back, maybe 30 feet from the windows. Ava blooms the first year. Was astonished this morning to see a hummer feeding at the new plants for several minutes.

Didn't know I could actually see them that far away; also have monarda and Salvia guarantica and never saw a hummer on them.

Ava blooms so long, and such a bright color. Will plant more next year.


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For me it has been Cardinal Flower,Rose of Sharon and Phlox. I added 3 new Honeysuckles vines this year but they have not flowered yet so next year we shall see if they take to them.


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