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Joanne Neweduk 203

Nectar and Nurture

Inviting Hummingbirds into Your Garden Sanctuary

I have noticed, as we celebrate the fabulous journey of life, our connection with nature deepens, unveiling its serene wonders. Among these delights, few are as enchanting as attracting and nurturing hummingbirds in our gardens. These delicate creatures, like us, appreciate life's simple pleasures – a thriving garden and a sweet melody. Let's explore how to invite these charming avian visitors into our world and care for them with utmost grace.

1. Crafting a Hummingbird Haven

Creating a haven for hummingbirds begins with a well-planned garden. These tiny marvels are drawn to vibrant, tubular flowers that provide nectar, their primary food source. Consider planting native flowers like bee balm, salvia, and trumpet vine. These blossoms not only offer sustenance but also infuse your garden with radiant hues that mirror the vibrancy of midlife.

2. The Alluring Elixir: Sugar Water

A simple recipe for sugar water can be a lifesaver for hummingbirds, especially during dry spells. Mix 1 part white granulated sugar with 4 parts water. Boil the mixture to dissolve the sugar, then let it cool before filling your feeders. Avoid using honey or artificial sweeteners, as they can be harmful to hummingbirds. Place the feeders in shaded areas to prevent the sugar water from fermenting quickly.

3. Hummingbird Feeders

Select feeders with red accents, as these mimic the bright flowers hummingbirds are naturally attracted to. Keep your feeders clean and change the sugar water every 3-4 days, especially during warmer weather. Regular cleaning prevents the growth of mold or harmful bacteria, ensuring the health of your feathered friends.

4. Providing Shelter and Safety

Incorporate shrubs or small trees in your garden to offer shelter and perching spots for hummingbirds. A safe haven allows them to rest between feeding bouts and find refuge from predators.

5. Spreading the Joy

Observing hummingbirds flit around your garden is a sight to treasure. Capture these moments through binoculars or a camera and share your encounters with fellow fabulous women in our Fabulous at 50 Sisterhood facebook group. Your stories can inspire others to embrace the beauty and serenity of connecting with nature.

In the tapestry of life, inviting hummingbirds into our garden is a gesture of harmony and serenity. As we nurture these tiny beings, we also nurture our own sense of wonder, and in that, we find the magic that resides within us and the world around us.

Joanne Neweduk

Joanne Neweduk

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