As many may know, sense I don't shut up about something when I am excited about it, lol....that I am doing my yard to attract butterflies and birds, especially the hummingbirds.
Before my bad 2010-2011 time span which got me down so much I totally ignored and neglected my water garden area out back, I put in two large water gardens that hold about 750 gallons of water in the one and the other right around 500 gallons, give or take. I planted some pretty things around it, but last season was so bad I did absolutely NOTHING with it. Oh did it look a mess and only got worse. I started snapping out of it the end of fall 2011, so I ordered two Butterfly Hummingbird Gardens from Michigan Bulb Company. I rushed around to find someone who would have any good soil for sale that late in the year, and this man stored some in his barn out back of his house, and I got our one ton full. I made two areas on each side of the area that I had my messy water garden area.
Well around January or so I ordered two Bird Sanctuary Gardens from the same place as I ordered the others from, and then ordered some two Virginian Silk plants from SpringHill Nursary. They all came last month, I unpacked them all, put a couple growing lights up, watered the plants and put them under the lights so they can get stronger before I put them out on their own. They grew and got stronger. Here where we live the city grinds up bushes and anything that can be used for compost, they pile it up outside the park here, anyone is allowed to take what they need. So, it is really rich compost, I went and got some to add to the water garden area. I dug up what pretty plants I might want to replant later, weeded and weeded and weeded. Boy was it neglected. Anyway, I also bought some flat rocks from our guy who has the soil, we got some more soil from him as well. I got such a great buy on the flat rocks, abou $40 for a pile that would have cost a few hundreds dollars if I bought it from a landscapping nursary. So, now I have my soil laid as well as the compost, plus I have my flat rocks I could not afford before to put around my bodies of water. I am all set.
I have planted the majority of the plants I ordered, come to think of it, I think I planted them all. Yay. I also bought two lilac bushes, two rose bushes and I started some seeds that will hopefully be ready for planting this coming fall, but I am not in a hurry for fall!! I am in a hurry, however, for my seedlings to take a start!! I planted some butterfly bushes to be seeding soon I hope, also some Golden Wristeria Trees, the hummingbirds just love those. I also have a Wheeping Willow, young one, that I planted out back and an Angoria Berry (I think that is how you spell it). I am considering looking up some milk weed to plant in my yard out back. I need to do some research before doing that, I need to make sure I can keep them from taking over my whole yard, lol.
Anyone reading this in or near Ohio that have any known ways to attract our friends in nature then please send me a line or post on here. I am trying to do what I can to attract all the birds and butterflies that I possibly can. My longterm goal is to make my yard a certified habitat of nature. Don't know how hard that is to do but that is what I hope to accomplish. Any suggestions or tips from the pros are very welcomed.
Thanks for coming by and sharing your experiences in this.