Planting spring bulbs produced gorgeous gladiolus in the garden and to my surprise, their bright colors attracted hummingbirds. It is a lovely combination of hummingbirds and gladiolus right outside my window.
I have a small raised bed herb garden on the side of the house. On one end I like to leave space for flowers. I have grown lovely zinnias and morning glory in the past and I loved them.
This spring I planted gladiolus bulbs. It has been years since I have grown glads. They are bright and beautiful. And much to my delight hummingbirds think so too.
Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. They can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern.
Hummingbirds have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.
Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen but they also frequent feeders. Learn how easy it is to make your own nectar and attract hummers to them by clicking hummingbird nectar.
Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. The flowers open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms.
The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in color from bold orange, fuschia and red like I have in my garden to pastel blues, pinks and yellows with many outstanding bi-colors variations.
The gladiolus flower symbolizes
- honor and remembrance
- Strength of character
- Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity
- Never giving up
Gladiolus Flower Color Meanings
Red – Love and Passion
Pink – Femininity, compassion motherly love
White – Innocence and purity
Yellow – Cheerfulness and compassion
Purple – Charm, grace and mysteriousness
Flitting… zipping… zooming… darting… hovering…
From the dining room window is where I first notice the hummers visits to the glads.
Hummingbirds and Gladiolus
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