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*Wordless Wednesday – Floral

  • Posted on August 26, 2009 at 4:00 am

 

Begonia

Begonia

*Hummingbirds

  • Posted on August 17, 2009 at 8:39 am

I feel so lucky, I have dozens of hummingbirds that come to the feeders and plants in and around the deck and front area for my enjoyment. Below is a lovely new plant I grew from seed this year. It’s a variety of cupea ignea and is one of the ‘cigar’ plants, but it is very unusual and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The flowers are just lovely, sort of a fuchsia pink and purple.

I have many hummingbird favorite plants in and around my yard, either landscaped in or in containers and I know they use those. However, I really love the feeders as it tends to bring the tiny jewels just a bit closer for observation.

Cupea ignea "cigar"

Cupea ignea "cigar"

I am scrupulous about seeing that my feeders are clean. I wash the feeders everytime I refill and clean with either warm soapy water or a diluted vinegar solution regularly before rinsing thoroughly.

Hummingbirds feeding

Hummingbirds feeding

I fill my feeders with a homemade mixture of sugar to water 4:1. I also microwave the mixture for 5-6 minutes stirring before, about halfway thru and again at the end to be sure the sugar is well dissolved in the water. If you are interested in a recipe for hummingbird nectar, don’t hesitate to write me and ask.

Hummingbirds humming

Hummingbirds humming

Often I will get buzzed as I’m taking down the feeder or putting it back up or when I’m watering the deck plants. There have also been times when the feeders have been empty and they will buzz me if I’m outside or they will hover in front of a window like they are trying to get me to hurry up and fill them. 

Thanks for letting me share my hummingbirds with you. If you have hummingbirds, I’d love to see pictures.

Have a great week, Ellen

*Wordless Wednesday – Floral

  • Posted on August 12, 2009 at 7:23 am

Hosta

Hosta

 

Hosta

Hosta

Plumeria
 

Plumeria

*Wordless Wednesday – Floral

  • Posted on August 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

Datura

Datura