Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds….

A garden is just not complete without birds, butterflies, and ladybugs…right?  I’m sure you already know the wonderful flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  But, there are several other things you can do that will bring ’em in fast!

Here are a few things in our garden that work like a dream.  We enjoy sitting on our porch or glancing out the window to see our special visitors.

Butterflies and hummingbirds like very small, shallow water.  We keep this small garden sculpture filled with about 1 inch of fresh water—they love it!

A fun, unexpected surprise of our garden Bottle Edging was that the bottles have small indentations on the bottom—which collect small bits of water each time it rains or we water.  We’ve looked out and seen the garden edging lined with butterflies!  A fun surprise we didn’t even plan.  Love it!

Here’s the biggie……butterflies LOVE oranges and bananas!  In another shallow garden sculpture we keep cut oranges and bananas.  They come in droves!  If you are worried about ants just put a small puddle of water below the fruit—and the ants will drown before reaching it.  {Morbid sounding, isn’t it?}  They especially like the fruit once it has turned black—ugh!  When we replace it–we just throw the used fruit out under one of the bushes for great composting.

These shallow dishes can be found all over the place at this time of year.  Garden centers, discount stores, dollar stores, potteries, etc. You can find them for super cheap—in any theme to fit your fancy. {Or to fit your plain….whichever}

We have finally gotten a break from 99 degrees days here—-so I’m headed out to weed!

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17 thoughts on “Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds….

  1. I so love the bottle edging that you have done. I’ve been saving our wine bottle knowing i wanted to do something with them, I just wasn’t sure till I saw your post. And I am wanting to attract more butterflies for my 2 yr old son to see so this post was perfect.

  2. Do you find that things that attract butterflies also attract bees and wasps? Because that’s been a concern here in the past. If not, I am going to have to give this a try.

    • Aisling~ I’ve found when I use the butterfly feeder with liquid in it we do get wasps and bees; but we have never had a problem with the fruit. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  3. I would love to attract more butterflies… we seem to get a lot of bumble bees and moths around here, butterflies are much more pleasant. 🙂 Thanks for the tips. Found you @ Tip Junkie

  4. Glad you shared about the butterflies and oranges . I just enjoy natures visits to my garden. I told someone yesterday about the chipmunks in my yard she said they’er so big, I told her I feed them. lol.
    Lisa

  5. I didn’t have any idea about the oranges and bananas! Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami

  6. Lots of fun ideas here. I love butterflies! But, I just have to ask.. don’t you end up with tons of fruit flies on the fruit? And, mosquitoes with the shallow dishes of water? Maybe you just have to take the good with the bad… ?

    • Never had any fruit flies—and the shallow water usually has to be replaced every couple of days. It is so shallow it evaporates—so mosquitoes have no time to hatch there! 🙂

  7. I had no idea about this! I’d love to have all kinds of pretty critters come to our backyard (and so would my cat!) Thanks for the tips!

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