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Here come the Hummingbirds!

It's hard to resist the feeling of magic brought on by the sight of a hummingbird hovering near a flower. We instinctively lower our voice and speak in whispers and want to learn how to keep them coming back. One of the questions we commonly get asked is "How can I attract hummingbirds to my yard?" 

In Michigan, April 15th is not only tax day but it is also the time to put out our hummingbird feeders. Although the hummingbirds we see in April will probably continue on their way up north, putting out feeders will help feed them on their way.  The hummingbirds that choose to nest in our area usually arrive around Mother's Day. Being ready for these flying jewels is essential to keeping them coming back. Since there are not a lot of flowers blooming right now, this is a great time to put out clean feeders filled with fresh nectar. Also, putting out hanging baskets and container gardens will provide an instant food source for the birds. Be sure to bring both the nectar and the flowers inside at night to keep them from freezing if temps get too low. Hummingbirds have excellent memories for available food sources, so if they know they can rely on your yard for food, you'll see them every year.

One major misconception about hummingbirds is that they only like red flowers.  While hummingbirds are attracted to red, they will feed on nectar from any color of nectar-producing flowers. So, it's a great idea to have a red hummingbird feeder and even put out some red cloth to attract them, but you don't have to worry about having red flowers to feed them. They will feed from any flower that has nectar. Read more about what plants will attract these hummers to your yard in the article below.

We have had such a great start to the season. Everyone is eager to bring color and life back into the world. Wenke's has a wonderful selection of hanging baskets and stylish containers of mixed annuals all ready to to instantly brighten your porch or entryway as well as our individual pots of annuals that you can mix and match to make your own container garden. We also just received a shipment of beautiful shrubs including some rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs and forsythia. Now open 8 am - 8pm M- Sat and Sunday 10 am - 4pm.

Don't forget about our annual New Variety and Wine Tasting tomorrow night from 6-8pm. Learn about new plant varieties while sipping some amazing wine from Contessa Winery. This is a very casual, fun event that many look forward to every year and we hope you will join us this year.

Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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New Tomato Varieties 2014

Tomatoes are consistently the most popular vegetable in American gardens. From bite-size to sandwich-size, either red, yellow, or "black," modern or old-fashioned, there is a tomato for every taste.  We have added some wonderful varieties we encourage you to try this year.

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New Varieties and Wine Tasting

April 25th 6 pm - 8 pm

You are invited to our annual Wine Tasting and New Varieties Event to learn about new plant varieties while sipping some vino from a local Michigan winery. Attendees must be at least 21yrs old and a Wenke Garden Rewards member.  

Please register on our website at www.wenkegreenhouses.com

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Grow your own herb garden with Papa Joe Herbs

Wenke Greenhouses carries their own line of herbs called Papa Joe Herbs. Herbs are used for health, flavor, or fragrance. Herbs can be used to make teas; perk up cooked foods such as meats, vegetables, sauces, and soups; or to add flavor to vinegars, butters, dips, or mustards. Many herbs are grown for their fragrance and are used in potpourris, sachets, and nosegays; or to scent bath water, candles, oils, or perfumes.

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Basil Collection

As we all strive to maintain healthy diets with flavorful food, cooking with fresh herbs and veggies becomes normal kitchen practice. Basil plays a large part in any herb garden and our new collection covers all the basil bases.

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Plants that attract Hummingbirds

While Hummingbirds are attracted to red, they will feed from any color flower that has nectar. Annuals and perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, bedding plants and hanging plants: you can choose from all these categories in selecting flowers for attracting hummingbirds. Since there is such a dizzying array of plants that will help you achieve your goal, I have listed the flowers, shrubs and vines that are commonly used to attract hummers.

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