A beautiful window box will not only transform your view, it can transform an entire street. If you have ever stopped to admire a lush window box bursting with vibrant color you know what I mean. From the inside, a room with a view like that can change your outlook. And it is made even better when all of the butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds pay a visit, too. So today I thought I’d share my easy recipe and technique for How to Attract Butterflies, Honeybees, and Hummingbirds to Your Windowsill… because let’s be honest, those little pleasures are what can change your outlook on the day.

How to Attract Butterflies, Honeybees, and Hummingbirds to Your Windowsill:



Make This Special Potion

To attract these beautiful creatures, combine ½ teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon sugar in a shallow, red-colored saucer of 4 teaspoons warm water. Hummingbirds like the color red, for the others it doesn’t matter. Place a cotton ball in the center and set the saucer on the outside of your windowsill. Butterflies, honeybees, or hummingbirds will land on the cotton and use it as an island from which to feed on the nectar.


This Is What To Plant

Plant vibrant colors in your window box with short flower tubes for the butterflies, and long tubular flowers like honeysuckle for the hummingbirds, and nectar-and pollen-rich plants like basil, rosemary, and lavender for the honeybees.

It’s that simple! I hope you will try this technique and share your photos with me on social media by tagging me @GeorgiaPellegrini and using #ModernPioneering. Let’s enjoy these simple daily pleasures together!

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.