Post last updated: September 25th, 2018

We gardeners like to be with each other.  We join garden clubs locally and online, write or follow blogs, join seed swaps and talk shop on Facebook. What we don’t think about in our interactions with each other is how much we influence one another.

The other day I was in a small-box discount chain store  to buy dirt, the only item on my shopping agenda. Until I made the mistake of wandering back to the garden section. Don’t laugh at me. You all do it.

I was standing there in the garden section, innocent as can be, looking at garden goodies I was convinced I could live without, when a cute little red, yellow and glass hummingbird feeder took a flying leap off the shelf right into my hands. Unbelievably, that hummingbird feeder went through the check-out line with me and walked right out to my car. I leaned forward to start the car and muttered in disbelief.

“I can’t believe I just bought a hummingbird feeder. I hate hummingbirds.”

It must have been that gardener-to-gardener influence. Oh be quiet! I can hear you screeching, “How can she hate hummingbirds?” It’s easy. They look like INSECTS. Some insects fascinate me. Humming-insects don’t. I never see the brightly colored ones that show up in magazine photos. Nosireebob. My humming-insects are brown, bronze or dark gold and flap their wings so fast and so hard that I think it’s a Large Bug about to fly in my face. I don’t like bugs in my face.

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I chose to install the feeder on my front porch post where it adds a nice pop of color.  It was installed a week ago. In that time, I haven’t seen a single humming-insect nor any reduction in the amount of sugar water. This is good. I’ve got the cute little feeder without the humming-insects.

16 thoughts on “BIRD FEEDER”

  1. I hope you don’t give up, and that you get swarmed by them – not in your hair but at your feeder. They are fascinating and awfully fun to watch. When we visit our home in Florida, however briefly we are there, I always put up a feeder, and I’ve never seen the first one. I keep hoping, because there are supposed to be some exotic magazine worthy species in that area. We just have the Ruby throated hummers here in VA, but I do love them.

      1. Naw – nothing wrong with your porch, however, they may sense that your heart isn’t completely in it. When I first put out feeders, I try to entice them with a real plant near by. Maybe you could place the feeder near a hanging basket of their plant of choice. Just a thought. Then run as fast as you can so they don’t fly into your personal space and scare you.

        1. Kim – On top of the railing connected to that porch post are three pots of petunias. I would think that’s the kind of flower they like. I suspect it’s more like you said — my heart isn’t completely in it.

  2. You just wait, sister. If you build it, they will come. 1 maybe 2, at first, then they tell family and friends (it’s like one of those phone plans). You will enjoy them, I have no doubt!!

    1. Hey, I’m cool with them not coming. Dad told me today that the sugar water goes bad and you have to replace it. Gotta do some research on that. Wouldn’t want to poison the little buggers.

  3. I was told that you need to put them up in March when the birds first fly over. Where ever they first find food is where they stay. I don’t do well with feeders but a sure fire way to attract them is a honey-suckle vine. One that smells. I could watch them for hours.

  4. I don’t have any feeders out, but the humming birds visit some of my hanging baskets. When I first hear them, I always duck because I think it is a bumble bee! It will be interesting to hear how this story continues! 😉

  5. You are too funny Jones. I think you’ll enjoy their company once you get used to them and listen closely as they have a unique buzz (not a buggy buzz), that is music to my ears. Fascinating critters. On the other hand CO doesn’t grow bugs that big so I know when I hear/see them, they’re not bugs 🙂

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