Homegrown Hummingbird Feeder

I am much too lazy to have a hummingbird feeder.  I never manage to keep enough food made, or to clean the feeder often enough, so instead of bringing me joy, hummingbird feeding has always filled me with guilt.  Plus our deck, where we want the birds to visit, is in full sun, and the food gets too hot.  We do, however, have a yard planted with lots of cover and food for hummingbirds, so we see plenty of the two Seattle species–Rufous and Anna’s.

Hummingbird favorites:  Crocosmia, spiraea, sweetpea, nasturtium, and pineapple sage (aka "hummingbird sage").
Hummingbird favorites: Crocosmia, spiraea, sweetpea, nasturtium, and pineapple sage (aka "hummingbird sage").

To bring them up to our deck where we can observe them closely, but without the worry of a feeder, I’ve been placing jars with a few of their favorite flowers along the deck railing.  I’m pretty sure this is the all-time perfect hummingbird feeder:  lovely to look at, pleasant to refill, and much better nectar than I could ever make.  This morning I was enjoying my first cup of java on the porch, and an Anna’s Hummingbird came right up to the jar of pineapple sage, just inches from my face.  I could feel the wind from her wings on my cheek.  What a nice way to start the day–a hummingbird and I, sipping together.


  1. Love the idea, and your blog, have added it to my blogroll. I live in West Seattle and am an author also, looking forward to meeting you at your upcoming book reading at Elliott Bay. Best wishes, Rose

  2. I love this idea. I’ll have to steal it for my next outdoor breakfast. Your flowers look so lovely, too. It’s gotten too hot here for most of my blossoms, but they’ll be back soon.

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  5. This is such a great idea. I’m trying to create a hummingbird habitat on our apartment balcony, and am not sure if I’ll be able to provide enough foliage to make them feel secure. Our garden back in SF had a lot of natural cover, so creating it from scratch on an urban balcony is a bit of a challenge.

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