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Old May 14, 2018   #61
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Default Mandarin Wind hibiscus

I won't be getting any hummingbirds until the fall migration in August. This should still be blooming then.

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Old May 25, 2018   #62
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Default Passiflora "Inspiration"

I bought a 1 foot plant on April 27th....now look at it on May 25th. I do hope I get blooms this year! This was taken early in the morning. It gets plenty of sun for much of the day.

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That sure is a lot of growth for 1 month's time. If it's maturing that quickly I would think that you would be having buds in no time. I have seen much smaller plants blooming their hearts out in stores.
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Old May 25, 2018   #64
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Hopefully it will fill in at the bottom and cover the ugly tomato cage "trellis." I've only fertilized it once b/c I want the energy to go into establishing a good root system. I hope you are right about the blooms.

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Old May 25, 2018   #65
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Default Praying mantises will kill hummingbirds

I was playing on Facebook today and I came across a picture of a praying mantis on a hummingbird feeder that had caught a hummingbird and killed it. I did some searching and I found that this is not fake news, but real. I did some more searching and found other photos of where the praying mantis was by the hummingbird feeder and it was clutching the hummingbird. I'm not posting the photos because, well, they are not pleasant.

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Pineapple Guava flowers!
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The plants are Agastache, Salvia 'Black and Blue', Salvia 'Hot Lips', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', 'Jewel Weed', Cuphea 'David Verity', Salvia 'Shell Dancer'.

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OMG such stunning pictures in this thread! Kudos Miss S/Tom, GreenGo, GardenBoy for all the amazing birds and butterflies and everyone for the gorgeous flowers. Even your currants have stunning flowers! We are too far north for hummingbirds, and our currants have very modest greenish white flowers pollinated by wasps. Stunning tropicals and southerly things... thanks!
Passion fruit btw, is one of the marvels I encountered as a girl living in South America. Maracuya, my absolute favorite tropical fruit ranking just ahead of mango for OMG delicious. I never saw the vine in person though! nor even dreamed that the flowers could be so beautiful. Best of both worlds, I hope you all get fruit because it is so worth it.
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Old May 29, 2018   #69
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'Magnus' Coneflower (8/8/17):

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Monarda bradburiana (5/21/2018):

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'Black Adder' Agastache (8/8/17):

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Eupatorium fistulosum (8/14/17):

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Monarda punctata (9/29/17) (with white aster underneath):

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The overall planting (last September)
There is Echinacea 'Magnus', Coreopsis verticillata, Euaptorium fistulosum, coelestinum and perfoliatum, Monarda bradburiana, Pycnanthemum muticum, Aster 'Purple Dome', Soldago odorata, Agastache 'Black Adder', :

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Wine & Roses Weigela for the Hummingbirds.

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Red Hot Poker is in bloom here now though this is an old pic of mine.

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Thanks for all of the pictures of great pollinator plants. GrowingCoastal, that's a lovely picture.

PureHarvest you sure have a great line up of pollinator plants. Joe-Pye weed Eupatorium fistulosum has been a great butterfly magnet for me and the Black Adder has been greatly used by the bees. You have a very nice selection of plants.
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Some of these flowers look like they are from an alien planet. The colors of the flora and fauna are stunning.

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Thanks MissS.
An NRCS grant allowed me to go large scale because the plants were all paid for, and I installed them.
My background is in plant science/horticulture.
It's been fun to bring that into farming/growing at my "farm" (part-time venture) to return some land to pollinator habitat.
I'm doing my third planting this spring.
I'll have to list them all out sometime, but I think by the end of this spring I will have installed over 30 native species on my land for pollinators.
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Such gorgeous flowers we do not have in the North.
I did have a rare, to me, weekend of HummingbirdMoths last season.
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