Make this the year you attract hummingbirds to your yard. Wagner’s Garden Centers carry a wide array of feeders for these amazing birds from basic models to colorful, uniquely-shaped glass vessels that are an art piece in themselves. Did you know that Hummingbirds must eat half their body weight daily? That’s the equivalent of drinking from about a thousand flowers every day! “Electronectar” is a premixed, clear hummingbird nectar we stock that contains hydrating electrolytes which mimics real flowers. Remember to thoroughly clean your feeders at least once every three weeks to keep the birds happy and healthy. Of course there are many flowers that will attract hummingbirds such as bee balm, columbine, salvia, fuchsia, petunia, catmint, foxglove, coral bells, cardinal flower, lupines and milkweed just to name a few. (The Monarchs will love the milkweed, too!)
Ladybugs are another valuable addition to the garden. Did you know that the ladybug is not a “bug” but a beetle? They eat the “bad bugs” like aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, and thrips. One ladybug can consume up to 50 aphids a day! A common myth is that you can tell their age by the number of spots they have.
Make sure you plan a visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this summer, not only to see the beautiful display gardens, but also to see some amazing sculptures tucked amongst them made entirely out of Lego bricks. This year’s exhibit entitled, “Connect with Nature”, features the work of the renowned, award-winning artist, Sean Kinney. More than 26 sculptures at 13 different locations adorn the Arboretum grounds. Both children and adults can appreciate Sean’s amazing artistry through August 30.
Also, this month there is a free “Gardening With Kids” class on June 13 at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society in Roseville. Check out the Northern Gardener for more information.
Until next month…