|Photo courtesy of: Red Bubble: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on cosmos by Michaela Sagatova|
So what are these hummingbird attracting flowers? Well right off the bat I would say the cosmos are a winner, they didn't bloom until late July and are much bigger than I expected but they got us two birdies (I missed the second one, or the first one coming back for more).
According to Wild Bird Watcher there are a ton of natural wonders that can work
|Fuchsia||Bee Balm||Coral Honeysuckle||Bush|
|Jewelweed||Coral Bells||Scarlet Runner||Manzanita|
|Petunia||Four O'Clocks||Trumpet Creeper||Mimosa|
|Salvia||Foxglove||Canary creeper||Red Buckey|
|Shrimp Plant||Hosta||Carolina jasmine||Tree Tobacco|
|Snapdragon||Lupine||Glory vine||Turks Cap|
You will notice that my cosmos aren't on this list - this goes to show that there are lots and lots of flowers out there that can make a nice hummingbird playground. I wouldn't mind a nice patch of cosmos, fuchsia, impatients, mimosas, petunias, salvia and jacobiana. I'll have to see the bloom rates to make sure we have something going from spring into fall.
1/2 cup Red Quinoa*
1/2 cup Spelt*
6 cups Water Divided
1 - 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
6 - 10 Cardamom Pods
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Ground Cumin (I like Cumin a lot)
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
3-6 Garlic Cloves**
1/2 Onion or 1 - 2 Shallots**
1 Thumbtip Size Piece Ginger**
1/4 cup Dried or 1/2 cup Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms
1 tsp Salt (Sea Salt, Pink Salt etc...anything but table salt) OR Kombu
After soaking the grains overnight rinse and discard water. In a good pot heat coconut oil and add the spices through to the sesame seeds. Let them cook for a few minutes and then add the garlic, onion or shallots and ginger, let them cook for a few minutes. Add the grains and incorporate them well into the spice mixture, let them cook for about 3 minutes to get a nice spice coating. Then add the remaining 3 cups of water, the mushrooms, the bay leaf and salt or kombu. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 30 - 45 min depending on how soft you like your grains.
I also use this same recipe to make brown rice and different beans. Feel free to play around with the spice combos too.
* Soaked overnight in 3 cups water
**Minced, I like to put it all together in the mini chop