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Re: Oleanders/hummingbirds

My Oleander is a white with pink in it, but the neighbors have one that is  
dark red...it is always visited by hummers.  My hummingbird bush is  directly 
below their Oleander (with the fence in between) so it too gets  frequent 
visitors.  All time favorite in my yard though for hummers is the  pink 
salvia....hummingbirds prefer these plants over the feeders that I used to  put out.  No 
need for the feeders anymore, they initially got the hummers  to visit years 
ago, but now the plants keep them coming back.
The butterflies don't seem to prefer any one plant over the other.   The host 
plants are what bring  the different species into the  gardens,and keep them 
coming back year after year.   Butterflies  don't seem to be very particular 
about where they get their nectar.  It's  not unusual to see Monarchs here all 
year, but this year with the warmer  weather I've noticed a lot more species 
that have been active through the  winter. Hardly anything went dormant, so 
lots of host and nectar plants.   Passionvines and Asclepias (butterflyweed) kept 
foliage and blooms, as did the  Cannas.  The Bougainvillas are prettier than 
I've seen them in a long  time.  Rather strange sight seeing the spring bulbs 
blooming with  the summer plants at the same time.    
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/22/2006 11:02:15 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Hum-  I've never seen a hummer or butterfly in oleander here.  Maybe 
there  are just alot better things here for them.  I'm never stuck my 
nose  in oleander either.  When they are blooming her in summer (they are  
everywhere including highway medians) the smell is just nasty to me.   
But you are right, they are unkillable.

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