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Hummingbirds: Shelbyville Garden Club topic

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Shelbyville Garden Club met recently at Riverbend Country Club. Pam Beasley offered the devotional, "The World's Largest Rose Tree."

This month, members were involved in planning and finalizing programs for the new club year.

Club member Babs Chicoine presented what members said was an informative program on hummingbirds. Chicoine said the most common in the Eastern United States is the Ruby Throated.

She's done her homework on the tiny, colorful birds, it seems. The guest speaker also told members how the life span of the species is 3-5 years. The birds are attracted to such flowers as fuchsia salvia, bee balm, trumpet honeysuckle and cardinal flower, she revealed during her talk.

Chicoin said she has a flowering plant that extremely attracts the species and is called vermillionaire cuphea-a plant which she said is available at local nurseries. "Hummingbirds arrive starting as early in our area as mid-March."

She added that believe it or not, the little birds can travel as much as 200 miles per day. Their migration may be tracked on line at https://hummingbirdcentral.com/.

The guest speaker told the members they can make their own feed by bringing to a boil four parts water and one part sugar. Just cool and pour in the feeder. Extra feed may be stored in the refrigerator a week.

Feeders need to be changed every 2-3 days.

President Shirley McGee said next month's meeting will involve a plant exchange.

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