Category Archive: Pollinators

Pin-Up Girls: Blue Orchard Bees

These pretty girls are great pollinators. In recent years, the blue orchard bee (BOB) has become established as an alternative orchard pollinator in North America. With a strong preference for fruit trees, BOBs… Continue reading

December Wind-Down (Re-Post)

Before I move on to next month’s dirty word, I wanted to leave you with a few points to ponder. December was dedicated to pollinators; first, the bees, and now the hummingbirds, because… Continue reading

The When: Hummingbird Feeding Times

Let’s get straight to the point; here are the feeding guidelines: When to Put Out The Hummingbird Feeder.  Northeastern and Central United States and Canada – April or May; Southeastern United States –… Continue reading

The How: Hummer Feeding

First, the No-No’s Never add red food color to sugar water Never use commercial mixes that have red dyes. Nectar in flowers is clear, and red food coloring may be harmful for hummingbirds.… Continue reading

The Where: Feeder Placement – Oh, Decisions, Decisions

Where to hang your feeder? A feeder may be found sooner by the hummingbirds if hung over, or near, a garden of hummingbird plants. However, my feeder is about 6 feet from a… Continue reading

The What: Hummingbird Feeders

The most important criteria when selecting a feeder are that it be easy to clean and easy to fill. Feeders should come apart so that all parts are open and available for cleaning.… Continue reading