Good Afternoon! I had this post for a few years but I thought you all might enjoy the many links to these jewels of the Sky! I hope you all like this one for today. There are many hummingbird links that you can just click on. The sites even have sounds of each hummingbird. I hope you find this interesting. This one took a while because of all the research and writing all the links too. So Enjoy the Jewels of the Sky…wendi💗




1-Berylline Hummingbird

2-Buff-Bellied Hummingbird





7-Ruby Throat

8-Black Chinned




12-Broad Bill

13-White Ear

14-Broad Tail




18-Magenta Throat

19-Green Thorn Tail-

20-Copper Head Emerald-

21-Volcano Hummingbird-

22-Scintillant hummingbird-

23-Scissor-Tailed hummer-

24-Stripe-Tailed hummer-

25-Black-bellied hummer-


27-Purple Throat Sunangel-

28-Violet Tail Sylph

29-Green Crown Brillent-

30-Purple Crowned Fairy-

31-Green-throat Mango

32-Green-breasted Mango

33-Green Mango-

34-Tawny-bellied Hermit –

35-Fiery throat hummingbird-

36-Green Hermit-

37-Green Tailed Goldenthroat-

38-Bee hummingbird

39-Green-breasted Mountain Gem

40-Long-billed Hermit-

41-Long-tailed Hermit-

42-Mexican Hermit-

43-Needle-billed Hermit-

44-Reddish Hermit-

45-Red-tailed Comet-

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For this post From TipsFromtheGarden I thought for today I would go over my Composting Tips. I wanted to do a post that would make composting easy and not so scary. It’s also a great way to help the care of your plants and to help the environment. You can use almost anything in your small compost bins even for an apartment porch gardener for over 20+years. Some of the items you can use are your own garden clipping, flower trimmings, vegetables trimmings from your gardens. Plus all those veggie scraps, egg shells stall breads, banana peels, old coffee grinds and teabags to be just a few items for your compost bins. There is also the used vegetables after cooking too. The only fruit you cant use is oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits. And meats and cheese. Its actually very easy to make your own compost bin. I will show you step by step how I have done my own and the easiest way to do it.

I figure that most people these days cant afford a house, live in apartments like Me. So since I am one of them living in an apartment for many years I have a good idea how these idea are done for small gardening. I have been composting now for over 10+years and at first I did have a hard time but now it second nature. First you have to figure out where and how to start a compost area. If you have your own yard, that’s an whole different kinda composting. If any of you are interested in that type, please let me know by just writing me in the comments and I’ll go over that type too…In this post I’m addressing more for folks that live in small area’s such as apartments, tiny houses, condos who don’t have much room for an garden. Over the many years I have found a way living in a small 1-bedroom apt. I’ve even adopted a wild Anne Hummingbird, who has made his home here in my porch for the last 10+years. We have some pretty harsh winters. And Snow even in Seattle Washington. So the weather can get under 20degrees or more. So I’ve learned a lot about caring for hummingbirds too. You may wonder why I have mentioned my Hummingbird well its because I will be introducing my love of the hummingbirds to in this blog too. So say tuned!

This is What you’ll need to get started-


1-2 very large thick plastic bins with their lids 2-6-8 to ceramic(I like ceramic because they don’t rust but this is a personal thing any kinda mug will do) just empty food cans will work too. Note: the ceramic one I used were used old ceramic coffee mug that we just didn’t used any more, but you can always go to your local goodwill or second hand stores.(These are usually very cheap and about the right size 4inches high). 3-To start your compost, you will need to get a good bag of dirt to start-so 1bag or either a small or medium dirt at your local home depot or nursery. Anywhere they sell soil or flowers. 4-A permit place for your compost bin is very important. Its going to be heavy at times. You are going to have to different plastic bins 1bin will be holding the red worms and the enriched soiled. Food scraps. The other bin will be bigger holding everything-holding the bin with all the red worms and food scraps etc…This one will have the Red Worm Tea that you can also use in your plants. 5You will need to have some kinda of drill to make hole in your inside bin. You will need to drill holes on all sides and the bottom too. Also the lid. Note: I will give you images so that you will have some kinda idea what things should look like…6You’ll need a plastic shovel. Why? Because a metal will harm your Red Worms and you don’t  want to harm your critters that are going to make great dirt for your plants! 7Food scrap to add to your bin. As far as the food scraps there are some food scraps that are not good. I discovered this over the years of composting. Here are some to the ideas of what you should use: Coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, Plants clippings basically everything like that with the exception of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits. Plus no meats, fish or cheese. I does help if you put a small compost container by the sink.  8Newspaper to crumply up into the food scraps.9-Lastly the Red Worms. Make sure you cover them with the dirt you got and add a bit of water to keep them moist. Note: if you take care of your Red worms in your bin they will last many many years to come. My dear husband got me only a few containers of the red worms and now I just maintain them. They make so many baby worms that I haven’t had to buy any red worms in years…Note: the red worms come in white containers of either 15 to 30. I have had both.10-If you live in a cold climate during the winter time like myself, you need to winterize your compost. I have had more problems during the years with the climate change. This last year it was terrible with rain and snow. I had to re-due the bin and get all my worms out because it was flooded with lots of water. And during the snow time I had to put blanket on the bin and warm water too…11-Keeping your bin well ventilated is also very imported too. Why? because mold can develop very easy. These are the steps to get you started…Now you can start you own compost bin. Happy composting…



I didn’t start with Red worms I must say…It was by watching the garden shows. Some folks love Earth worms(which is what I started with). You can find them in any plant section of almost any kinda store. They are also sold for fishing too. Just ask for Earth worms at your local planting store or fishing area and you should find them in a refrigerator to keep them cool. I have seen them in white containers too…in the 15 to 30 at a time. My husband discovered the Red Worms about 5years ago. At first they were very hard to find and if you did they were very expensive to get. You could only get them line or in fancy nursery’s. However, they aren’t anymore. They are quite easy to find and they are much faster working than the earth worms. Before the earth worms it would take a long time to get good rich dirt. But now the Red worms take short work of it. And the make so many baby worms you don’t have to buy anymore. My husband surprised me with a container of 30 red worms and since then I haven’t had to by any more….I must say after 10years of composting I have gotten some of the richest soil for my plants that I would of never found in any store anywhere. As for my plants, flowers and few flowering trees that I have been gardening for the last 18+years well they been doing great and now I have a great looking garden plus a great learning of the ends and outs of porch gardening that I would love to share! I hope that my Compost post inspires you all to find your way to help our Mother Earth Gaea and our Children of today and tomorrow. Wendi💗




IMG_3587For todays TipsFormtheGarden I thought I would write a post on No-Fail Plants! Sometimes I think folks just want a sure thing! What I mean by this is, you may want No-Fail plants or tough as nails kinda of plants to start your Gardens! Whether that being a backyard or Porch with potted plants. I actually got the idea from my mum. I hope in doing this post, it will help you all have an easier time will gardening. Have more fun too. Also have more resilient plants and flowers. As some might say; ‘plant-it-and-leave-it. Although you do have to water a bit…There are so many options with shrubs, plants, flowers and trees for your large, medium small or very small gardens. IMG_3603The very small gardens are folks like Me! Porch or Balcony. So if you are able to find a few of these plants-flowers you should have your own heathy easy no-fail Gardens! To start, its always best to go with plants that are native to your own area where you live. For this reason the plants will provide food for the native birds and the butterflies in your area. As the plants will already be accustom to your region. Note by doing so you will get the benefits of all the wonderful native birds and butterflies coming to your garden which is a big plus+. You must always remember with all plants in what ever environment, when the season changes so does the temperatures of your soil in which they live. You may not think much about the soil but the soil in some ways is the plants lungs. I have found that the hard way many times over. That is why I started composting to get that deep enriched soil for my plants. Also you must remember to make sure that your plants are affect draining during all seasons (winter mostly). If they don’t you could end-up with a dead plant. I have gone through that too sadly. It was a very sad day when that happened. When looking for a new native plant make sure that you pick a healthy looking one too. understanding-your-zone-3 Here is a map of both US-Canada/World on Zones on planting so it will give head-start.a09fig03 Now for a list to get you all started on your Fail-save-Gardens! Annuals, Perennials, Shrub and even Trees for your No-Fail Gardens Enjoy & Happy Gardening Wendi💗

Annuals for Your Wet Areas-

Papyrus-Elephant Ears-Canna-Jewel weed-Mexican Blue Bell

Annuals for Your Sunny Areas-

Zinnia-Sunflowers-Dahiberg Dasiy-Annual Vinca

Annuals for Shade-


Perennials for the Wet Areas-

Marsh Marigolds-Sedges-Swamp Milkweed-Ligularia-Joe Pye Weed

Perennials for the Sunny Areas-

Native & Ornametal Perennials-Peony-Beardtongue-Russian Sage-Fernleaf Yarrow

Perennials for Shade-

Bleeding Hearts (Good one!)-Coral Bells (Good one!)-Ferns-Hostas-Daylilies

Shrubs for Wet Areas-

Redtwig dogwood-Chokeberry-Elderberry-Winterberry-Dappled Willow ‘HakuroNishiki’

Shrubs for Sunny Areas-

Ninebark-Spireas-Landscape or Shrub Roses-Smike Bush-Juniper

Shrubs for Shade-

Annabelle or smooth-Hydrangea-Viburnum-Witch Hazel-Boxwood-Yew

Trees for the Wet Area-

Sweet Bay Magnolia-Red Maple(JapaneseMapleBest!)-Bald Cypress-Native Alders-Swamp White Oaks

Trees for Sun-

Crabapples-Hawthorns-Oak Trees(Good Ones!)-Ginkgo’s

Trees for Shade-


Hope that I have given you all a few helpful tips for an No-Fail gardens. I wish you all a wonderful afternoon. Wendi💗



TipsFromtheGarden-Hibiscus Tea

For our first post on TipsFromtheGarden we are going to learn how the D_hibiscus_flower_tea_smHibiscus Flower can make an great Natural Tea and help with health issues too. I found that the Hibiscus flower which are also a perennial tropical plant-flower so you can grow these beauty’s on the mainland as well as Hawaii. However, they need to be grown near warm weather like that of the sunny belt of Hawaii. Later on I will talk more about how to grow the Hibiscus if there is a interest in that subject? How back the to the health benefits of the Hibiscus. In recent studies, folks who have grown these beautiful flowers and have made tasty tea have discovered it can lower your blood pressure as effectively as some of your own standard drugs that your doctor may have given you. However, I must say before you ever try anything YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR OWN DOCTOR! I myself who has been on many different medication for over 10+years must tell you this is very important for you all out there. This is only interesting info for all to try under yur doctor guidance, and for everyone else to have fun. The Hibiscus comes in a wide variety of colors and plants which are consumed all over the world. As a ruby-color lemon beverage, the hibiscus is considered to be a safe and unlike most blood pressure drugs it rarely causes side effects if any. Plus the hibiscus plants can be grown in much of the US so you can actually grow your own blood pressure medicine. Besides blood-pressure medicine the hibiscus flower is infusion 50g can reduce blood vitamin C content of flavonoids and risk of free radical scavenger. It can also help the immune system as a beneficial effect on the function of the heart and the vascular diseases, kidney, respiratory infections and your liver. There have been a number of folks that believe that a healthy head of hair begins with an healthy scalp. Also cold and hot temperatures, stress and hair products can create an in-balance of the levels of moisture in your natural oils in your hair. These folks feel by using their product the hibiscus flower will refresh your scalp so that it  will add a luster to your hair and you will have no more dandruff or itchy scalp.

The Ingredients– Pour 12oz of boiling water over 1TBS of dried hibiscus flowers in a heatproof measuring cup or large mug. Then cover the mug with a saucer to allow it to steep for 10 to 15mins. After it has steep for at least the 15mins or more let your tea completely cool, pour over your freshly washed and conditioned scalp and hair too. Then rinse with cool water until the water runs clear. From I found from these folks you continue to do this treatment until your hair and scalp feels less dry and itchy. So it might be worth giving it a try!

About the Hibiscus Flower-

The Hibiscus (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) has been used to treat high blood pressure in Africa and Asian Traditional medicines. In 1996 it is said that researchers in Nigeria confirmed this age-old wisdom by showing that the hibiscus flower does reduced blood pressure in laboratory animals-Note: Lets hope that no animals were harmed!!!   Soon after it seemed that the researchers in Iran showed the same benefits too. Even in Mexico they have found that the hibiscus flower-brewed from 10grams of the crushed dried flowers which is about 5teaspoons per 1 to 2cups of water per once a day. They say do this for about four weeks; then you should see that the herb/dried flowers buds will have done as well as your prescription drug that you taken for your blood pressure. However, with all medication, allergies, reactions to medication you should always talk to your doctor first!

Growing Your Own Hibiscus Flower-

Red_Hibiscus_Flower_Stock_by_Enchantedgal_StockThe Hibiscus is a perennial flower tropical plant, so you all may think that growing these beauty’s would be limited to the warmer climates of the world. Well not so! There are other places you can grow these beauty’s. In the US; there is Southerner Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral,Va; For American growers the “Thai Red Roselle” is an variety of the Hibiscus which thrives as an annual as far north as New Jersey. These beautiful flowers have dark green leaves that develop red veins and undersides as they age. The stems and branches are also dark red. The temperate Zones of these beauty’s can vary. You should start your Hibiscus flowers in Pots just like you would your starter tomatoes. When the seedlings are about 3 to 5 inching high you can transplant them into a sunny place in the ground if you like. However, you can keep them in pots like I would. If you would rather keep them in the ground, find a sunny spot, spare your new plants 3 feet apart in rows 5 feet apart. This variety will help with growth. I would also use a mixture of homemade compost/or organic soil to help your plants get a good head-start. Note; Delay the planting to late in the season may make it so the hibiscus wont bloom within the year. The Zones of the Hibiscus is very important I have another post for which I hope I can find on Zoning. But the Hibiscus species is indigenous to eastern North America, can be grown in planting zones of 4-9. They thrive in full sun and in average to wet but well drained soil. Blooming time-Hardy hibiscus will typically bloom in late July or early August in northern climates. This feature makes them valuable specimen plant in landscaping plans that strive for spring to fall color since fewer flowering shrubs bloom at this time. The species plant is a wetland plant and hardy hibiscus flowers can be treated as plants for wet soils. This makes them useful around water features. There are also many different kinds of the hibiscus flower too! They come in a vary of size, colr and leaf shape too. Here are a few colors that I know of; Pink, Lavender, Red, White, Orange, and some are even mixed. Another wonder about this beauty’s is that both bee’s and hummingbirds love them…And they remind me of my family in Hawaii! As for the soil for your hibiscus it requires a rich, well drained soil that stays moist. Maintaining your Hibiscuses-with their long stems and beautiful flowers will die off in the winter, but their roots will sent up new hoots the following spring. You might want to cut the tall stalks in the late fall or early spring if you don’t enjoy looking at the bare stalks sticking above the grass during the winter. I would also cover the soil with mulch to protect the roots from the cold depending on where you live.

Well I hope these were some helpful tips from the garden-   Wendi💗




Good Afternoon Everyone! I thought for today, I would give you some helpful tips on one of my favorite garden subjects ‘Hummingbirds’. My wild hummingbird has been visiting much more often. Since my flowers have been blooming with the warm weather coming finally, so here are many different kinds of tips for a grand haven of hummingbirds. This could work for either your Porch, Balcony and Backyards.

1-Attracting hummingbirds with different kinds of melons. Cantaloupes being the most favorite. Not only do the hummingbirds love the juice to feed on it also gives them something different to eat.

2-Having a small pond/fountain is another great Tip. However,  for hummingbirds they are quite different than your Typical pond/fountain. These types of ponds/fountains need to be up high so they feel safe. So this is what I would suggest. For the fountain, a large tall ceramic pot. So a bubblier or spayer can be put on the top and the hummingbirds can whiz through the mist, drink from the bubblier and dance in the water.

3-Tall nectar producing plants/flowers, I’ve found to be another trick to attracting hummingbirds. They have lots of nectar and are easy for these jewels of the sky to get to. Cannalilies are a great one to start with. Another one is the Monarda(BeeBalm)Red and Red Carnations are 2-more good ones too!

4-Someothers are the Morning Glories, Four-O’clocks, Gladiola, Perennial sweet peas, lantana and Turk’s Caplilies.

5-The Golden-flame honeysuckle vines will attract loads of these tiny jewels. The Cypress vine is another excellent plant for attracting hummingbirds too. They grow quickly and bloom plentiful of red flowers.

6-If you place dried cattail stalks out in your garden, you might get lucky and see female hummingbirds pull out bits from them to use as nesting material. Its said, that these old cattail attract more hummingbird activity to your garden.

7-Make sure that any large spiderwebs that are near the hummingbird feeders are sweep away! Your tiny hummingbirds could get entangled in those large spiderwebs. It really depends where you live too. So keep them safe.

8-Some of the most productive flowers that attract these jewels of the sky are: Red columbines, Coral bells, Canterbury bells, Red Cardinals, Fuschsias, Hollyshocks, Impatiens, Phlox, Orange Tubulars vines, Golden Flame Honeysuckle vines, Red BeeBalm and Morning Glories are just a few…

9-When making Homemake simple hummingbird nectar-Never use honey as a subsititute for sugar! The honey will ferment rapidly and actually speed up the mold formation in your feeders. Also Never! use Artificial Sweeteners either Just pure cane white sugar!

10-My Homemake Nectar Recipe~

What you’ll need: Pure White Cane Sugar, Stove top pot, wood spoon, 1cup measurer, Plastic container to keep homemade nectar in and funnel to pour homemade nectar in.  Dircetions:  Using the traditional 5parts to 1part sugar recipe…I usually make my homemake nectar in the morning when its cooler. I get my biggest pot add the 5cups water, put on medium if electric stove(if gas adjust to medium heat). Note: I use this type of recipe to because it has less sugar so it doesn’t draw the wasp/bee to the feeder yet the hummingbirds still love the taste! After the pot comes to a boil(takes out all the impurities in the water) take off the hot burner. Add 1cup of white cane sugar, mix till clear. Next you most wait till mixture has completely cooled. After that, slowly add into a plastic container that you have cleaned. Use your funnel to get everything in the container. Each in your Refrigerator till use…Enjoy💗

11-Cleaning-Sometimes black mold forms insides hummingbird feeders. To clean them, simply break up a denture-cleaning tablet add to plain water. after the tablet stops working take out and rinse your feeder parts thoroughly. If you have an stubborn area, just add a tablespoon of salt into a bowl of water stir vigorously. This should get the last bits of black mold. If that doesn’t work another tip is vinegar. Just add it straight with some water let it for a hour or so, then use a rag to take off.

12-Pesky Ants/Wasps seem to be a problem everywhere. However here in the Great Northwest I been lucky to not have an Ant problem. It was more of the wasps at one time till I figure it out with my homemade Nectar. Another way to stop the wasps/ants is by adding a light coat of non-stick cooking spray on your feeder opening where the tiny holes are to feed the nectar. And to put a bit of oil on your finger then rub around the feeding ports too.

13-After many years having an hummingbird garden, I’ve found that male hummers don’t share very well. So during the months of late June to the End of Sept I keep a couple of feeders on my porch. If you get an domain male, its very hard for any other males to come in for a drink. So I put out quite a few spread out, so the other males can get some of my homemade nectar.

14-Attaching an handheld watering water to a trellis that’s covered with Golden-flame trumpet vines is another great idea-Hummingbirds cant’ resist them.

15-Fact-News To match a hummingbirds appetite-a 180 pound person would need to consume about 190 Big Mac’s and Super-size fries in 1day.

16-When making boiled eggs save the water to make your hummingbird nectar. Why? Because it gives these jewels that extra boost of calcium during the nesting season. Just add 1/4 cup sugar to each cup of egg water…

Well, I hope that these TipsFromtheGarden…Well help you make a Haven for your Hummingbirds.Wendi💗

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Good afternoon and Welcome to TipsFromtheGarden…For todays Tips for your Garden, I have a great one that I’ve been using for the past couple of years. It happen when I was looking in one of my garden magazines. I needed a solution to watering my plants/flowers when I’m not around for a few days during the hot months. So my solution was wine bottles. I saw it in my favorite garden magazine. They can hold a lot of water in their thick glass(harder to break) and have a larger opening to make it easier to fill than the fancy one you fine in the stores. Also they slowing drain into the soil during the hot months. These bottles are transparent white, green etc; in color so you can see how full the bottle is from a distance. You can either get them from the recycled places or when you buy wine just keep the empty bottles like I have over the years.  I have found that being able to see how much water is going into your pots/plants is quite useful because it will prevent you from over watering and under watering your plants. With the wine bottle system, it will give you just the right about of water if your gone for a few days or a week or two on vacation. As you know wine bottles come in many different shapes and sizes. Each wine bottle is a different style and some are easier to push into the soil than others. However, some tend to hold less water than others. To use the system in the hot months or if you are planning to go on vacation? First water your plant thoroughly. Then push the wine bottle into the soil of your potted plants/flowers. As for where? It depends on the size of your pots and the plant. For example my large Beebalm flowers plant I put two large wine bottle on the edge, so that it doesn’t damage the root system in the middle of the pot. Note: after you’ve made the holes in the soil from your wine bottle, then fill with water and put back into the same holes you made. Have the bottles lend against the pot because they are heavy. If you have a small pot I’ve use a one wine bottle or even a large beer bottle. If you don’t drink or you can’t like myself there is non-alcohol wine. I hope you Enjoyed the post…wendi💗