Purchase Your Tickets Today for the Upcoming Gloucester Garden Tour!

We hope you can join us and please help spread the word. The funds raised will go directly towards maintaining the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial and Gardens and the butterfly gardens at the HarborWalk. The tour is hosted by GenerousGardeners and the Harvard Club of the North Shore. I am going to be at the HarborWalk Gardens throughout the day to answer all your habitat gardening questions. And I will be giving two guided tours, the first at 1:00 and again at 2:00.

To purchase tickets.

Today is the last day you can purchase tickets at the 20.00 price. Tomorrow they go up to 25.00. For the first 50 ticket holders, free parking at Stage Fort Park is included.

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird ~ Susan Kelly Photo

Susan shares this photo of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird that frequents her garden. If you want female hummingbirds to choose your garden to build their nests nearby, I recommend putting your hummingbird feeders out early, in March and April. Northward migrating hummingbirds are in need of nourishment by they time they reach our shores. Their diet consist primarily of small insects; there are few insects on the wing and even fewer nectar plants blooming. I place my hummingbird feeders above early blooming Red Riding Hood Tulips. Although the tulips do not provide nectar, the red flowers lure them to the hummingbird feeders.

A note about hummingbird feeders. Never add red food coloring or use honey to sweeten the water. To make your own sugar solution, combine 1 part pure granulated sugar to 4 parts water. Clean you hummingbird feeders weekly with a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water; more frequently in warm weather.

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7 thoughts on “Purchase Your Tickets Today for the Upcoming Gloucester Garden Tour!

  1. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for posting this!
    I always boil my 4 cups of water then add the 1 cup of sugar and stir until it is dissolved. I find whatever I don’t use immediately in the feeders stores nicely in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week or so. Love those hummers.

    Hope people remember the Gloucester Garden Tour is THIS SATURDAY, July 13, 2013 from 10:00 to 4:00 starting at the GenerousGardeners.com tent on exit 12 off of Rt. 128. They can find info online at http://www.GenerousGardeners.com

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    1. Therese you are welcome–thanks for your comment!

      No need to boil the water if small quantities are made every several days. If large batches are made then boiling the water is necessary. Because the sugar water forms a medium on which bacteria grow, even when refrigerated, the mixture should be discarded after a week.

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        1. Hi Therese,

          Zinnias especially for butterflies, the compact ‘Profusion’ series is wonderful, also dwarf ‘Sonata’ series of cosmos–just two that come to mind right away. Also for the butterflies, especially Monarchs, Easter Tiger Swallowtails, and Painted Ladies, all love to nectar from Lantana camara. Nearly any mid-sized butterfly attracting perennial can be grow in pots, including coneflowers, Black-eyed Susan, salvias–maybe not so much milkweed! Pots of parsley will attract female Black Swallowtails.

          For the hummingbirds–every year I winter over my bougainvillea and bring it outdoors after all danger of frost has passed–wonderful hummingbird attractant. Also mandevilla, dipladenia, and fuschia are great container plants for hummingbirds. Cardinal Climber, a member of the Ipomea family, is a beautiful delicate twining annual vine that can be grown in pots. More ideas to come.

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