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Hanging Baskets and Attracting Hummingbirds

Whenever I see a hanging basket filled with brightly colored flowers it always makes me think of my mom and her love of flowers and hummingbirds.  Each spring and summer, my mom would always plant a wide variety of flowers in various colors in hanging baskets all throughout the yard as yet another way to try and entice the hummingbirds to continue to visit and remain in our yard.  This was just something mom did in addition to having other plants and feeders all throughout the yard to help attract the hummingbirds,  Mom just loved beautiful flowers and if they helped attract the hummingbirds to the yard that was just the added bonus of her efforts and she thoroughly enjoyed watching the aerial displays and such put on by the hummingbirds.

Mom didn’t have a particular favorite flower to use in her hanging baskets.  She just liked to make sure that the flowers she chose offered a wide variety of color.  While red is a color that hummingbirds can see at a distance and that these birds are quite attracted to, the flowers you select can come in many colors including yellow, purple and pink.

My mom also wanted the flowers she selected to have the longest bloom time possible.  She wanted to be able to enjoy the beauty of her flowers for as long as possible and she knew that this was also a good way to try and provide another source of nectar for the hummingbirds apart from the use of hummingbird feeders.

The plants my mom selected for her hanging baskets also usually had staggered bloom times, because it would allow the hummingbirds a source on nectar for an extended period of time as well as providing a source of color and beauty for a longer period of time.

The use of hanging baskets is a simple and effective way to try and attract hummingbirds.  You can use it if you have limited space but still want to try and attract hummingbirds to your yard or in addition to a full sized hummingbird garden or the use of hummingbird feeders. 

Our yard was always full of hanging baskets in the spring and summer.  It not only helped to make the yard much more colorful and beautiful but it also served as an effective enticement which drew the hummingbirds to our yard.  To this very day, whenever I see a hanging basket I am reminded of its beauty and I cannot help but also think of the hummingbirds that would visit our yard as a result of the hanging baskets.  Thanks for this mom!

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