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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will plant at least 200 seeds of 12 different species for hummingbirds.

                                         
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Here are some articles on it:
 - Attracting Hummingbirds
 - Creating a Hummingbird Friendly Yard
 - 18 Plant Families for Hummingbirds
 - 37 Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rpqzEZDr2c



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must plant at least 12 species of plants for hummingbirds
 - you must plant at least 200 seeds
 - bulbs are ok for Sand level

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a list of the 12 species of plants you are planting for hummingbirds and mention when they bloom
 - post a picture that obviously has 200 or more seeds
 - post a short video (less that two minutes - sped up) showing these 200 seeds being planted
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I planted some flower seeds for hummingbirds.

I was lucky enough to bike over to the garden store down the street before...and found this packet of seeds for hummingbirds. The packet says It contains:

- Crimson Clover (70d post planting, so, June)
- Baby's Breath (8w pp, so, May)
- Cornflower (May - June)
- Calendula (May - Aug)
- Nasturtium (30d pp, so, April)
- Lupine (May or June or July) (variety dependent, can't guess, the lupines I know bloom for about five minutes)
- Marigold (May - Aug)
- Butterfly weed (May - Sep)
- Plains coreopsis (Apr - Jun)
- Cosmos (Jun - Sep)
- Foxglove (Aug - Sep ?) (Don't know variety, but many foxgloves seem to bloom late)
- California Poppy (Feb - Nov) (that can't be right??)
- et al

Bloom times from wildflower.org

The packet claims it had 50,000 seeds. I don't know about that, but I think that means it for sure contained at least 200.

Planting video:
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Packet front
Packet front
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Packet contents
Packet contents
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Probably 200 seeds
Probably 200 seeds, 6 cup container
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Alright here we go! I attempted to knock out 2 BBs at once!

Planting seeds for humming birds at the same time as creating a Public Art Space!

Garden/Art creation:







Adding mulch & compost:



Seeds I'm Planting

Lupins - Native, nitrogen fixers, and food for humming birds! I soaked them for 24 hours before planting. Approx. 80 seeds :





Specifically planted for humming birds:

- Lupins
- Echinacea
- Valerian
- Chives
- Sage
- Borage
- Wild Bergamont
- Xeriscape Blend which includes the following :
Bird’s Eyes (Gilia tricolor)
Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)
Blazing Star (Mentzelia lindleyi)
Blue Flax (Linum perenne)
California Bluebell (Phacelia campanularia)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Deerhorn Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)
Greenthread (Thelesperma fillifolium)
Munro’s Globemallow (Sphaeralcea munroana)
Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Pale Evening Primrose (Oenothera pallida)
Palmer’s Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri)
Prairie Aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia)
Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)
Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus)
Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)

Others:
- Peppermint
- Lemon Balm
- Calendula
- Yarrow





Short video because my first one didn't work (soul-crushing technical difficulty!)



When they bloom:

- Lupins (July-Aug)
- Echinacea (Aug - Sept)
- Valerian (May-Sept)
- Chives (May-July)
- Sage (May-June)
- Borage (June- Aug)
- Wild Bergamont (July-Sept)
- Xeriscape Blend - May through September:


Bird’s Eyes (Gilia tricolor) - July  to Sept
Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)- Unknown
Blazing Star (Mentzelia lindleyi) - Aug-Sept
Blue Flax (Linum perenne) - June - July
California Bluebell (Phacelia campanularia) - May-June
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) -June-July
Deerhorn Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)- Unkown
Greenthread (Thelesperma fillifolium) - May - June
Munro’s Globemallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) - May - Aug
Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) - June -July
Pale Evening Primrose (Oenothera pallida) - May - June
Palmer’s Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri) - May - June
Prairie Aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) - Aug- Sept
Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)- June -Sept
Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) - June - July
Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)- June -Sept
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I would certify this BB if the bloom times for 12 of the planted plants were listed

Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB is complete!

 
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When they bloom:

- Lupins (July-Aug)
- Echinacea (Aug - Sept)
- Valerian (May-Sept)
- Chives (May-July)
- Sage (May-June)
- Borage (June- Aug)
- Wild Bergamont (July-Sept)
- Xeriscape Blend : May through September
 
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Ashley, could you pick 5 of the xeriscape seed varieties to say when their bloomtimes are? T think that'll meet the "post a list of the 12 species of plants you are planting for hummingbirds and mention when they bloom" requirement. Thanks!
 
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Xeriscape Mix:

Bird’s Eyes (Gilia tricolor) - July  to Sept
Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)- Unknown
Blazing Star (Mentzelia lindleyi) - Aug-Sept
Blue Flax (Linum perenne) - June - July
California Bluebell (Phacelia campanularia) - May-June
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) -June-July
Deerhorn Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)- Unkown
Greenthread (Thelesperma fillifolium) - May - June
Munro’s Globemallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) - May - Aug
Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) - June -July
Pale Evening Primrose (Oenothera pallida) - May - June
Palmer’s Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri) - May - June
Prairie Aster (Machaeranthera tanacetifolia) - Aug- Sept
Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)- June -Sept
Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) - June - July
Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)- June -Sept
 
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Planting 200 seeds for humming birds

I procured a humming bird and pollinator mix from a local seed saver.

I raked a leaf litter and compost bed that was started last year and hand cast the seed before raking and walking over it again the cover the seed and watering them in.

Please forgive the noise in the video. My neighbor has recreational mowing syndrome.

I planted
Fern leaf yarrow may-june
Common yarrow may-aug
Columbine may-june
Marigold april-july
Cornflower June-august
Wall flower april-june
Shasta daisy may-august
Lance leaved coreopsis april-july
Golden tickseed june-september
Sweet William april-july
Foxglove sept-oct
Purple cone flower june-oct
California poppy March-august
Blanket flower june-july
Indian blanket june-sept
Baby's breath april-august
Dense blazing star july-oct
Blue flax may-august
Crimson flax april-sept
Birds foot trefoil july-aug
Lupine may-june
Evening primrose june-sept
Red poppy sept-oct
Mexican hat july-sept
Clasping coneflower june-july
Black eyed Susan june-sept
I dumped a hand full of chicory and comfrey seed i had in there as well both of those are currently in bloom here in KY.

This is my second attempt as my 4 year old didn't hit the record button when I did this Saturday.

Here is the link to the video



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Supposedly 4400 seeds
Supposedly 4400 seeds
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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This is part one of my (hopefully) 2-part hummingbird pollinator badge bit. My daughter wanted these pretty hummingbird bulbs. Who am I to resist that!

I dug the holes with my hori hori, and my kids put most of the bulbs in the holes (I had to do some quality control, for when bulbs didn't make it into the ground, or when they put three bulbs in one hole...)

(I'll get a video when I plant the 8 other varieties and 160 other seeds)
 
Anenmone Blanda  - March and April
Triteleia Queen Fabiola -- May to June
Allium Moly Luteum -- May to June
Oxalis Iron Cross --June to October
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Package of 40 bulbs
Package of 40 bulbs
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All the bulbs put in a sled so we could easily find them and not lose them
All the bulbs put in a sled so we could easily find them and not lose them
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My son helping plant one
My son helping plant one
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My daughter planting one
My daughter planting one
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All are planted!
All are planted!
 
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Here are my hummingbird serving flowers.
Cosmos (June-July)
Borage (June-September)
Nasturtium (May-june)
Morning Glory (August - October)
Comfrey (May -June)
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) (June-September)
Zinnia (May - October)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) (July-September)
Crimson Clover (August- October)
Annual Baby’s Breath (June-September)
Cornflower (June-October)
Calendula (May-June)
Dwarf sunflower (July)
Perennial Lupine (May-june)
African Marigold (June-November)
Butterfly Milkweed (May -August)
Plains Coreopsis (May -July)
California Poppy (May-July)
Perennial Gaillardia (July-September)
Sweet Alyssum (April-May, September-October)
Black Eyed Susan (May -July)
Scarlet Sage (June-November)
Foxglove (May-june)
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A year ago, on April 29th (2020) we planted some bulbs. Today we finally got the rest of the hummingbird seeds planted!

Nicole Alderman wrote:This is part one of my (hopefully) 2-part hummingbird pollinator badge bit. My daughter wanted these pretty hummingbird bulbs. Who am I to resist that!

I dug the holes with my hori hori, and my kids put most of the bulbs in the holes (I had to do some quality control, for when bulbs didn't make it into the ground, or when they put three bulbs in one hole...)

(I'll get a video when I plant the 8 other varieties and 160 other seeds)
 
Anenmone Blanda  - March and April
Triteleia Queen Fabiola -- May to June
Allium Moly Luteum -- May to June
Oxalis Iron Cross --June to October

packet of 40 bulbs
All the bulbs put in a sled so we could easily find them and not lose them
 
my son helped plant one
my daughter planting one
all are planted




And then today I planted:
Hollyhocks (thanks, Pearl!) -- June to August
Echinacia/Coneflower (thanks, Pearl!) -- June to August
Woodland Phlox (thanks, Pearl!) -- April to May
Bachelor Button -- May to June
Pink Jasmine vine - Late winter, early spring (probably doesn't count because it's a plant, not a seed or bulb)
Passion flower -- Early to late summer (probably doesn't count because it's a plant, not a seed or bulb)
Nasturtium - June to September

And then I planted Territorials' Monarch Butterfly mix that my daughter had picked. Not all of them are good for hummingbirds, but many are. I bolded the ones that are, and gave bloom times.


    Butterfly Milkweed June to August
    Smooth Aster
    Siberian Wallflower early April to May
    Cosmos Summer/early fall
    Sulphur Cosmos Summer/early fall
    Rocket Larkspur June-July
    Purple Coneflower June-August
    Indian Blanket June-September
    Annual Candytuft late spring
    Gayfeather July-September
    Sweet Alyssum April-May, September-October
    Marigold, Single
    Mexican Sunflower Middle of summer to late fall
    Hoary Vervain July-August
    Zinnia  May - October


Altogether, that's a total of 21 varieties. Here's the disjointed video of us planting them (note to self: planting seeds takes 5x as long with helpers, and 3x as long when everyone is sick)

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So many seeds
So many seeds
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I planted some of the prairie mix from Northwest Meadowscapes. I added to it three different tree seeds - western redbud, red alder, and pacific wax myrtle, all of which produce good forage for hummingbirds. Here are the bloom times for some of the plants:

- Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris): May-September
- Western Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): April-September
- Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii): May-June
- Globe Gilia: May-Jul
- Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena): June-August
-Canada Goldenrod: August-October
-Woolly Sunflower: April-August
-Menzie's Fiddleneck: May-July
-Showy Fleabane - June-October
-Riverbank Lupine - May-June
-Western Redbud - March-June
-California Oatgrass - May

Total number of seeds was well over 200. This video shows me spreading enough to qualify for the BB. The rest I planted elsewhere and hope to get photos of next year for the BB where I demonstrate a successfully grown pollinator garden.


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Seeds in packets
Seeds in packets
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Seeds ready to be mixed
Seeds ready to be mixed
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Seeds mixed with compost and clay, ready to be spread
Seeds mixed with compost and clay, ready to be spread
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For this BB, I found a bag of hummingbird/butterfly seeds from Burpees on Amazon. The image on the back describes the seeds to contain the following:

- Crimson Clover Can be sown outdoors from March-May, with typical blooming occurring from late June to mid Oct
- Baby's Breath Can be sown outdoors from March-May, with typical blooming occurring from late June to mid Oct
- Cornflower Blooms from late May to June
- Calendula Blooms late May to mid August
- Nasturtium Capable of blooming in the spring, summer and fall. For Colorado, aim for Spring as the Fall gets extremely cold
- Lupine varied bloom times depending on location. In Colorado we have them everywhere, with common bloom times occurring May-August
- Marigold May to August
- Butterfly weed June to August
- Plains coreopsi- April to June
- Cosmos June to October
- Foxglove A summer bloomer. Early summer sees late June to September bloom times
- California Poppy for Colorado, bloom times are listed as "Summer". I have seen them from June to early October. However there is a tons of different bloom times listed depending on where the flower is physically located.

This packet says it holds 50k seeds, but after pouring them out into a container, I do not believe there are that many lol. However, I am confident there is more than 200.

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The packet I used
The packet I used
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The back listing the different types of plant seeds included
The back listing the different types of plant seeds included
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Contents emptied into a container
Contents emptied into a container
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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