John Bryan
Fri, 19 Aug 2005 15:49:39 PDT

Thank you for taking the time to reply, your comments are most
interesting, Cheers, John E. Bryan

Kenneth Hixson wrote:
> John:
> >Have any of you noticed birds paying attention or attracted to other
> >flowering bulbs?
>          Hummingbirds migrate into this area in April, are around for a
> short while, then seem to disappear.  They reappear in June, presumably
> after raising their families for the year.  They are resident in the garden
> from June until fall.  The real attractants here are Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
> and hardy fuchsia, F. magellanica.  Fuchsia hybrids draw little attention
> in this garden-and I have quite a few.
>          Alstroemeria psittacina is patrolled regularly--every few minutes-
> here, and is growing in a bed without summer water. Dr Salter Hybrids
> do not receive attention, perhaps because they flower earlier, when the
> hummers are elsewhere?
> Mirabilis, growing with the Alstroemeria, are ignored.  Montbretia
> (Crocosmia hybrids) are visited a little--I think the hummers do not like
> being that close to the ground.  Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is taller but doesn't
> seem to draw the attention I expected.
> Kniphofia, red hot pokers, various species and hybrids do not draw as
> much attention as expected.
>          I don't grow many cannas, but in other gardens they seem to
> draw regular visits.
>          One key would seem to be that something is available all season,
> and bulbs which bloom and are done, are not as attractive.
> Ken  Z7  Pacific North West
> _______________________________________________
> pbs mailing list

More information about the pbs mailing list