We put our first hummingbird feeder up on Wednesday afternoon, April 20th and had our first hummingbird sighting for 2016 a week later on the 27th at about 6:30 that evening. It was a male ruby throated hummingbird.
April 27th is probably one of the earliest dates that we’ve seen our first hummingbird. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any since. Reason may be that the weather hasn’t been very nice for hummingbirds. It’s been cold and wet.
Hopefully, we’ll get some pictures soon so we can make our first pictures of 2016 post.
Mother’s Day will be here soon so I thought I’d start showing you some gift ideas. I think most Mom’s would probably like Lena Liu Nature’s Tiny Miracle women’s pendant necklace but especially any mom who likes hummingbirds or flowers am sure would love it. I’ve featured quite a few of Lena Liu’s hummingbird art on my blog since I think her art is quite unique and all of it is so pretty.
Lena Liu Nature’s Tiny Miracle women’s pendant necklace is another of award winning painter Lena Liu’s hummingbird art. The handcrafted faceted crystal pendant is suspended from a custom bail with solid sterling silver leaves that have been plated in 18k gold with Swarovski crystal accents. Encased within the crystal is a reproduction of her original hummingbird art, “Radiance” It features a hummingbird with delicate flowers in mostly purple and blue pastel colors. The back of the crystal is engraved with Lena Liu’s signature. Pendant measures 1″ H; 2.5 cm H; 18k gold-plated chain measures 18″ L; 45.7 cm L. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Even the gift box it arrives in is a work of art. It features a reproduction of her hummingbird art on the cover.
This hummingbirds watch is perfect for any hummingbird lover, garden lover or someone with a sense of style looking for a whimsical or fun watch.
Hummingbirds watch in silver from Whimsical GIfts Magical little hummingbird is feeding on flowers above it with flowers below, too. Watch is 10″ in length and case diameter is 1.5″. Italian leather band is available in a variety of colors.
Our final hummingbird sighting for 2015 was September 12th and I think that was about the last time we made a post. If I remember correctly, our first sighting was almost a week earlier than usual. For the most part we had a few different hummingbirds visit almost everyday, which is pretty much our normal.
After a blizzard last week, we are sure looking forward to Spring and the return of our hummingbirds. Our best producing plants this past year were pretty much the same as every year, the Cardinal Climber and the Salvia – Black and Blue. We did try one new plant this past season, the Vermillionaire a Cuphea hybrid (cigar plant) but it didn’t get used as much as the others.
We’re still finding it a challenge to get really good photos of our little visitors but we plan to keep working at it. Below are a few more photos from this past season. If you may have an interest here is some hummingbird art for sale
This Lena Liu Always In Bloom Lighted Crystal Centerpiece is such a unique and beautiful addition to her garden artwork. I had never seen anything quite like this before. It is absolutely stunning.
Table Centerpiece: Lena Liu Delicate Treasures Table Centerpiece
Hand-formed petal by petal she’s created a silken floral bouquet of irises, lilies and roses in shades of pinks, purples and white. Included are greenery, pearlescent berry ornaments and a pretty white bow. LED lights are concealed within the faceted crystal vase and interspersed among the flowers.
Her floral and hummingbird artwork we’ve all gotten accustomed to seeing is seen on the faceted, genuine crystal vase. I think she’s really outdone herself, it’s really something very special and am sure would be treasured by anyone fortunate to own it.
Measures 11″ H; 27.9 cm H; vase measures 6″ H; 15.2 cm H, Is powered by 3 “AA” batteries” (not included) Hand-numbered with matching Certificate of Authenticity and edition limited to 150 firing days.
First, let me say that we live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania so we usually only attract Ruby-throat hummingbirds. We start by putting out our first feeder(s) around April 15th and usually see our first visitors in about 2 or 3 weeks. We use dish type feeders for a couple of reasons, one because they are easy to clean and refill, two there is no bottle to block your view in case a hummingbird lands on the side you can’t see. It is extremely important to keep your feeders clean and fresh. We clean and refill ours every 3 to 4 days and if it is real hot maybe sooner. We fill our feeders with a mixture of one part sugar and four parts water with no coloring. Some people boil the water but we do not. We clean our feeders with a sponge, vinegar and warm water.
As for plants we have tried many and have had a few that work better for us than others. Salvia – black and blue seems to be our best with the Cardinal Climber a close second. We also have had good success with Lobelia Cardinalis ( Queen Victoria ) and a yellow honeysuckle called John Clayton. The lobelia needs a lot of water and honeysuckle can have aphid problems. So for now our best bet would be the Salvia – black and blue and the Cardinal Climber. The salvia we have in a container on our deck and also in our flower bed. The Cardinal Climber we grow from seed in a large container with a trellis.
Last year we also tried Agastache – Tuti Fruti and Salvia – Wendy’s Wish. They both worked pretty well. We found out if you keep your feeders clean, full and give the hummingbirds some good plants to feed from they will come back year after year. This coming season we’re thinking of trying Cuphea ignea – cigar plant for the first time because we have read it’s a good hummingbird attracting plant.
Just like clock work, the first or second week of September our hummingbirds leave. We keep our feeders up for a couple of weeks and there are still plants blooming for the hummingbirds migrating through.
A couple other thoughts we have are if you are sitting outside watching your hummingbirds the least amount of movement will help them get used to you being there. Also, if you put up more than one feeder they should not be within eye sight of each other. The reason for this is because this type of hummingbird is very territorial and they spent a lot of time chasing each other away from the feeders.
This Lena Liu “Garden Jewels” table lamp would be a great gift for someone who loves hummingbirds or would be very pretty sitting on a table somewhere in your own home.
Lamp: Garden Jewels Lena Liu Hummingbird Lamp
Limited edition and an exclusive from The Bradford Exchange, the beautiful artwork of award winning artist, Lena Liu. Her floral design and hummingbird are featured on the fabric lampshade. The hand-sculpted lamp base has fuchsia blossoms, and pretty purple flowers on wisteria vine. There’s a tiny hummingbird nest with two baby hummingbirds in it. Two ruby-throated hummingbird parents are tending the nest. Has mahogany-finished base and sculpted bronze finished hummingbird and blossom finial. Stands almost 1-1/2 feet high.