I am longing for spring in these dreary, cold, late-winter days. I am beginning to think about my gardens and plan my outdoor projects as I feel that familiar anticipation of getting my hands in the dirt. One of my goals is to add a new garden in my yard to attract more hummingbirds and butterflies, which I love. I turned to the Library’s gardening collection to learn more about hummingbirds and butterflies, and research the types of gardens and plants that feed and attract them. I found some truly helpful, extremely informative books such as Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard, Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into Hummingbird Heaven, and Gardens for Birds: Hummingbirds & Butterflies to name just a few. These titles explain what these beautiful and delicate creatures needs are in terms of survival, food, and protection, and then provide the plant information and gardening suggestions to best suit different geographical areas. I know I enjoyed the escape from winter while reading about them, at least in my mind. As I took notes and made garden sketches, I could begin to feel the spring fever start to take over in me. Oh well, it won’t be long!
Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard