Welcome to Summer School! We're happy to have Stephanie guest host this month for Teaching Together Blog Hop!
Confession time! I think I have a problem. I've been bitten by the gardening bug. Like, no joke, I am addicted to buying new plants; be it edible or decorative. Thankfully I had a legit reason to buy more when Kinsey decided she wanted to learn about Hummingbirds. And this project came into fruition.
I first went on a Google search to find plants that attract hummingbirds. Our area hosts several different kinds of hummingbirds including Allen's and Anna's, broad-tailed, blue-throated and black-chinned. But if you ask me, the ones with green shiny feathers are what we see most often ;)
Plants that attract Hummingbirds:
(and bonus, butterflies!)
Bee balm, Begonias, Butterfly bush
Columbine, Coral bells
Hibiscus, Holy hock, Honeysuckle
Lantana, Lily, Lupine
Red Hot Poker
Sage, Salvia, Snapdragon
We chose marigolds, salvia and violas which remind me of pansies which are one of my favorite flowers (thank you, animated Alice in Wonderland) and I was looking for snapdragons but the OSH we were at had none, sad face. (Another favorite flower!)
My method for planting was very scientific, put the purple one in the middle and plant around it. The salvia is supposed to grow taller than the marigolds so that will look lovely once it starts getting height. (Love the bubble bomb, hehe.)
My sweet helper. You should have seen her at the Garden Store. She was jumping in the puddles left by the watering system, sniffing blooms and just racing all over the place. Her excited was contagious. Then we get home and it's, "that's o.k Mom, I'll just watch." Thanks kid. We finished it off with a decorative border of pink pebbles and voila!
Disregard the dirt in the background. It houses my asparagus roots, but I have a feeling those suckers are not going to do a thing. Thank goodness they were only $5 at WalMart.
And that's our Hummingbird Garden! It is so sweet to see out on the patio and though I have yet to see a Hummingbird visit it, I know it's just a matter of time.
Now it's your turn! Thanks for joining Amanda, Beth, Courtney, Courtney, Stephanie and me for the first installment of Summer School! Our next TTBH Summer School link up will be on Thursday, June 7th and Meghan will be our new guest host!