The latest Hummer magnets here on the Pacific

The latest Hummer magnets here on the Pacific

Joined: March 18th, 2011, 8:50 pm

June 10th, 2011, 1:23 am #1

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
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Joined: December 20th, 2009, 5:53 am

June 10th, 2011, 1:35 am #2

But Kermit, right before dark is when all the best territorial fighting happens!

I've also got a few Anna's (+ fledglings) and an Allen's. Would love to see a Costa's!

I've been feeling more distressed at leaving these guys behind to move, but I will just plant more hummer flowers at the next place, and it's nearly an acre!

I agree that S. urica is a good one. I've also got the weird urica which is shaped like a bowl (can be seen on Robin's site).

Probably the most magnificent Salvia blooming now is S. interrupta... and yes, it's a hummingbird magnet.

Bay Area, CA
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June 10th, 2011, 1:36 am #3

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
Crap. I bought 'Tequila' a while back & it was one of the only plants of several not planted yet that had died. Think it missed getting watered & then too much. Bummer.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5

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June 12th, 2011, 5:57 pm #4

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
This is by far the most popular hummer plant blooming now, even more than all the salvias! Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'. I really love the flowers! The nectar supply must get quickly replenished, as it gets used all day long.



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June 13th, 2011, 4:07 am #5

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
Hello Michelle,

A wonderful pic and plant! Too bad it's just a winter blooming plant



Susan Louise
from Branford CT/ live in Lincoln NE
Zone 5


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June 13th, 2011, 4:20 am #6

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
That photo was taken yesterday. Not exactly winter. Though, many Grevilleas DO bloom in winter. This one, for instance, which I absolutely loved:



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This photo was taken today!



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June 13th, 2011, 3:00 pm #7

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
Michelle, how large do your Grevilleas become? Does the size vary much from one cultivar to another? Beautiful pics - thanks!

Patrick
USDA Zone 8b
Heat Zone 3
Sunset Zone 5
SeaTac, WA...one cool place
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Joined: January 29th, 2006, 5:12 pm

June 13th, 2011, 5:44 pm #8

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
Kermit,

Interesting that several of these salvias, which are supposed to be winter blooming, are blooming now. When we tried Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' , it bloomed in February in our sunroom---not exactly a hummer magnet for our area! We have never tried Salvia Iodantha because it doesn't bloom at the right time of the year. Interesting!!



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 8:50 pm

June 14th, 2011, 2:55 am #9

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
This year I have seen more out of season blooming than I recall. Salvia iodantha and purpurea just have not stopped since last fall, and now are increasing. And the giant Tequila! Generally they stop blooming for us in April or so. I had to cut down the wagneriana because it had grown over a path, or it would still be blooming. And the holwayi would be as well, if it had stayed in bounds. I'm sorry to say that I don't have any good theory as to why. It was the coldest Winter in several decades.

A real joy for us now is the Salvia plectranthoides, which we are enjoying very much. I'm going to plant a few patens around one of the plant, to get a big flower - little flower effect. I'll use Cambridge Blue - I'm thinking the colors will be very nice together.

Kermit

Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
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June 14th, 2011, 1:40 pm #10

Lots of furious activity the last few days - mostly Anna's but a few Black Chinned and Costas, and one Allens. So, here are the top five Salvias attracting these birds, in order of their level of attention:

Salvia gesneriifolia 'Tequila' - still in full bloom!
Salvia forsskaolii - a very close second
Salvia chiapensis
Salvia discolor
Salvia iodantha 'Louis Saso'

OK - I'll do #6. Surprisingly to me, it is Salvia urica. Salvia semiatrata starting to get more attention, as well as Salvia patens. I do believe the volume of flowers has something to do with the preference.

I'm going to put pictures on our Facebook site.

This is a fun time of year, but I want to go to sleep before its completely dark!

Kermit







Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
Kermit - I have to say that one of my very favorites is Salvia Chiapensis. I had several the last few years and they were a definite hummer magnet! I just realizied that I do not have one yet this year. Have to get shopping and hope my local nursery has some this year.

Michelle - those Gravellias are just gorgeous! Great pics.

Carol
Milford, CT
Zone 6
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