The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station Update July 2012


Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers,

Happy 4th of July!

~We will reopen on July 5th~


                                                                             -It's Hot! -

          Please take care of yourself. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and don't forget that your outdoor friends need water too!!

What’s new in the store?

Birding:  Slate birdhouses by local artisan (Daryl Frye) and hand carved bird houses by Dick Chenoweth. By early next week will have some new fruit feeders (to attract blue jays, catbirds, mockingbirds brown thrashers, scarlet tanagers, orchard orioles, red-bellied woodpeckers), and by special request – stacker cakes.

Garden art: Handmade Wooden American Flags by local artist;  also just got in the garden and regular sized American Flag, including one that is an all in one flag and pole system.

Tool Shed: Garden Gypsum

Miscellaneous: Deer Scram, Scoot Squirrel Repellent, Snake Repellent Granules, Hi-Li-for lowering and raising you hanging baskets and birdfeeders, and new Birds and Blooms Issue- Gardening for Butterflies

Children:  New books

Botanical Interest Seeds: We'll be removing our current stock in mid July and reordering for fall. The first seeds  should be in around the first of August. If there is a particular seed you want from this company we will get them in for you. Not all seeds on their website are available to retailers but we will order what we can. Check them out on the web @

Visit with the Pros

 Coming this month – you’ll have an opportunity to drop by and talk with members of the Dekalb Master Gardener Association, who will be at the store to answer your gardening questions.

July 14th from 10-12pm (Phil Edwards)

August 11th from 10-12pm (Dale Bartlett)

September 8th from 10-12pm (Jimmy Dorsey)

October 27th from 10-12pm (Jane McLean)


Old Town Tucker Update


*******Las Colinas, Sweet Dees and Local Number 7 will be closed July 4th*******


GREEN MARKET ON MAIN – Old Town Tucker’s own farmer’s market Sundays from 10am - 2PM on Main Street

Several new vendors have been added. Not every vendor comes every week. If you want to sign up for the weekly market update which tells you which vendors will be there and any specials they might be having,  let me know.

**If you want to volunteer for the market or any of the Old Town Tucker events, please let me know.**


 Coming events

Put this on your calendar – bring the kids, your friends (and some sunscreen) and have a day of Fun!


 Tucker Summer Festival on Main Street

(Entire street will be closed down for this one)

July 28th: 12 – 6pm


5 bands


Contests (watermelon and hot dog eating, hula hoop, giant sling shot water balloon)

Bicycle show

Sand Sculpture demonstration

Face painting

Local Celebrity Dunk Tank

Food trucks, adult beverages, boiled peanuts, sno cones, popcorn, cotton candy

And more….

**Want to volunteer for this event? Call Jamey at 404-556-7666**

June 9th- Cruise In:

July 14th- Cruise In (live music)

August 11th- Cruise In (live music)

September 8th- Cruise In (live music)

November 17th- BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

December 8th- Christmas on Main

March 2, 2013- Chili Cook-off




 Please take advantage of these classes when you can.

(Note: preregistration is requested – class size is limited – call 404-474-7072 to register or for more information)

Fall 2012- Bird Songs (Pam Higginbotham) -  Whether you are new to birding or want to raise your level of expertise, learning bird songs is essential. It’s a tough task, but doable with the right guidance and information. Pam can help you “get a handle” on some of Atlanta’s common birds. Donations to Atlanta Audubon Society accepted.

Fall 2012- Plantings for Birds (Pam Higginbotham/Atlanta Audubon Society)-Native plantings are stressed, especially those that provide food (berries, seeds, and the like) or are habitats for insects (which draw in all of the insectivorous birds – warblers, wrens, bluebirds, vireos, etc. – to your yard). Donations to Atlanta Audubon Society accepted.

Mycology 101: Fun with Fungi (Brady Bala) - Learn the basics of Mycology with a Hand on Tutorial of Building your own mushroom log


Community Events (& SPIRIT)


 Continue to help the Henderson Park Community Garden win money for a greenhouse. Vote daily. They are in 3rd place. They have to place in the top five to win. Simply click this link - - to go directly to the HPCG voting page on the DeLoach web site.  Once there, enter your email address and name, and submit your vote every day. You can even sign up for a daily reminder to vote (which is what I did).

Dear Tucker Community and Friends,


The Tucker Civic Association, in conjunction with RIVERS ALIVE, will be hosting its 5th Annual Rivers Alive Clean Up and would like to enlist your help. You are receiving this letter because you have expressed an interest in becoming involved for the first time, or your past help and support have been a valuable part of our success, and we are expecting another great year of improving the Tucker area.


This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 4200 Cowan Road, Tucker, GA (2 buildings to the right of the Ace Hardware) from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  *Heavy rain date is Sat., Oct. 20th, 9a-12n. We think you would be a great addition to the team!


If you would like to provide your support by volunteering let us know "Yes" or "No" by August 14, 2012 by emailing [email protected].


If you will be participating, please provide us the name of your group, number of volunteers, and a lead contact person with their information.  A small group of a few people is OK too! Once your information is received, we will provide you with a packet to assist with planning for activities the day of the event. The planning packet will include directions, what to wear, what to bring, a waiver, etc. Please note that all participants must be 10 years old or older.


We've attached the official RIVERS ALIVE flyer which we hope you'll share with others that may have an interest in participating in this year's efforts. Also, it's a good idea to forward this email and flyer to your perspective participants in order to start building your team right away.


Please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of our waterways and your Tucker community. 


The Tucker Civic Rivers Alive Team



If you are interested in participating in this year's Rivers Alive please let them know via email at [email protected] It's planned for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2012, FROM 9A - 12N.  Staging area location still to be determined

Bird of the Month:

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

hummingbird The Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second.


2.8–3.5 in
7–9 cm


3.1–4.3 in
8–11 cm


0.1–0.2 oz 
2–6 g

·         The Ruby-throated Hummingbird does not show a strong preference for any particular color of feeder. Instead, it prefers specific feeder locations.

·         Ruby-throated Hummingbirds prefer to feed on red or orange flowers. Like many birds, they have good color vision and can see into the ultraviolet spectrum, which humans can’t see.

·         Ruby-throated Hummingbirds normally place their nest on a branch of a deciduous or coniferous tree; however, these birds are accustomed to human habitation and have been known to nest on loops of chain, wire, and extension cords.

·         Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are eastern North America’s only breeding hummingbird. But in terms of area, this species occupies the largest breeding range of any North American hummingbird.

·         Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds don’t stick around long. Pairs are together long enough for courtship and mating – just a matter of days to weeks. Then he’s off on his own, and may begin migration by early August.

·         The oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird was 9 years 1 month old.

·         Migration

·         Medium to long-distance migrant. Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America, and most get there by flying across the Gulf of Mexico. Some birds stay in North America along the Gulf Coast and at the tip of Florida; these are usually birds from farther north rather than birds that spent the summer there.

·         Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers such as trumpet creeper, cardinal flower, honeysuckle, jewelweed, bee-balm, red buckeye and red morning glory, as well as at hummingbird feeders and, sometimes, tree sap. Hummingbirds also catch insects in midair or pull them out of spider webs. Main insect prey includes mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies, and small bees; also eats spiders. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds sometimes take insects attracted to sap wells or picks small caterpillars and aphids from leaves.


Nesting Facts

Clutch Size

1–3 eggs

Number of Broods

1-2 broods

Egg Length

0.5–0.6 in 
1.2–1.4 cm

Egg Width

0.3–0.4 in 
0.8–0.9 cm

Incubation Period

12–14 days

Nestling Period

18–22 days

Egg Description

Tiny, white, weighting about half a gram, or less than one-fiftieth of an ounce.

Condition at Hatching

Naked apart from two tracts of gray down along the back, eyes closed, clumsy.

Nest Description

The nest is the size of large thimble, built directly on top of the branch rather than in a fork. It’s made of thistle or dandelion down held together with strands of spider silk and sometimes pine resin. The female stamps on the base of the nest to stiffen it, but the walls remain pliable. She shapes the rim of the nest by pressing and smoothing it between her neck and chest. The exterior of the nest is decorated (probably camouflaged) with bits of lichen and moss. The nest takes 6-10 days to finish and measures about 2 inches across and 1 inch deep.

Nest Placement


Females build their nests on a slender, often descending branch, usually of deciduous trees like oak, hornbeam, birch, poplar, or hackberry; sometimes pine. Nests are usually 10-40 feet above the ground. Nests have also been found on loops of chain, wire, and extension cords.

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Like all hummingbirds, ruby-throats are precision flyers with the ability to fly full out and stop in an instant, hang motionless in midair, and adjust their position up, down, sideways, and backwards with minute control. They dart between nectar sources with fast, straight flights or sit on a small twig keeping a lookout, bill waving back and forth as the bird looks around. Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds aggressively defend flowers and feeders, leading to spectacular chases and dogfights, and occasional jabs with the beak. They typically yield to larger hummingbird species (in Mexico) and to the notoriously aggressive Rufous Hummingbird. Males give a courtship display to females that enter their territory, making a looping, U-shaped dive starting from as high as 50 feet above the female. If the female perches, the male shifts to making fast side-to-side flights while facing her.


Ongoing at The Garden Enthusiast-Backyard Nature Station-

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Hope to see you soon,

Linda, Brittany, Jessica, Jeremy & Greyson


The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station

2316 D Main Street

Tucker, GA 30084

Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6PM

Sunday 10am - 5PM

Monday Closed

Contact us at 404-474-7072 or [email protected]