July 18, 2011

Greenacre Summer'lovin


''A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.'' 
~James Dent
We have been enjoying the most amazing hot and sunny weather. The days are spent poolside listening to 80's music and watching the girls discover all the things Summer can bring.
Riding on 4-wheelers,
trying new foods and getting super messy,
learning a new ways to share,
relaxing in the pool,
chillaxin,
trying new looks,
playing with the sprinkler,
finding new things to touch,
loving their big sister,
and celebrating their newest accomplishment...the ability to climb ANYTHING! 
(Spiderman has nothing on these two)
It's a good thing the butterflies and hummingbirds are airborne or they would end up in their mouths like just about everything else.
These Delphiniums are just one of the many flowers I use to attract hummingbirds to my garden. Some other flowers that butterflies love are;
Blanket flower
Butterfly weed
Garden Phlox
New england Aster
Gayfeather
Joe-pye weed
Tickseed
Black-eyed susan
Echinacea
Stonecrop
Bee Balm

Plants that attract hummingbirds are;
Bee Balm
Red Columbine
Delphinium and Hollyhock
Butterfly Bush 
Catawba Rhododendron
Rose of Sharon
Trumpet Vine and Trumpet Honeysuckle
Cardinal Vine
Lantana and Fuchsia
Silk Tree
Beard Tongue
Bleeding Heart
Bugleweed
Catnip
Coral Bells
Crocosmia
Daylily
Foxglove
Hibiscus
Hosta
Lupin
Obedient Plant
Phlox
Pincushion Flower
Pinks
Sage
Speedwell

For a complete plant list and more information about hummingbirds go to http://www.ontariohummingbirds.ca/

Click here for more information about Gardening for the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in Canada

Even though we are right in the middle of summer...I can't help to to think of the cooler temps around the corner. In 5-6 weeks it will be Fall and I wanted to start planning my garden beds ahead of time. 

But it is hot! hot! hot! today and for the next week the temps are going to be 41'C with the humidex so no planting until the heat wave passes.

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. "

~Russel Baker

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GIVE IT TO ME MONDAY


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2 comments:

The Queen of Green said...

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Cookie's Mom said...

Great blog. I'm a fellow gardener too - used to live in Ontario (sigh) and now in 3b Alberta! My grandad used to plant to attract the hummingbirds - wonderful memories you've brought back to me with this post! Thanks for finding me on Twitter! I'm a new Twitter and blog follower!

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