Hummingbirds

by Lorraine on January 18, 2009

Now that there are more things blooming in the garden, I’ve noticed that a few Hummingbirds have returned.   Once the Fuchsias had stopped flowering (which was a favorite of the Hummingbirds), they moved on and out of my garden in search of their meals, elsewhere.

I have a single Scarlet Monkeyflower (Scrophulariaceae) in a container in my sitting area.   With the warmer weather it has started to bloom and now the Hummingbirds are back.   What’s most amusing and makes me laugh, it that one of my chairs is right next to it and yesterday while I was sitting there, a little furious female Anna’s Hummingbird came right up to my face, as if to tell me that I was in her way and then started to suck the nectar from the Monkey Flower plant.

I swear, her wings created a breeze against me!   She was only about 12″ from my side and I could look down on her as she fed and see her shiny iridescent green feathers.   She was so beautiful and delightful.  What fun having a garden is……

I also have a Fire Cracker plant in a container by the front door and they are going for that one, too.  Sorry, but I don’t have the botanical name for it but it’s quite pretty with orange, tubular flowers on it.

Today I completed planting a few Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) and one sage that needed to be replaced due to an “accident”.   The weather has been so beautiful and Spring-like but not normal.   I’m hoping that we will be getting rain in the coming months.   California desperately needs it.

I will take some photos of the Blue Eyed Grass and the Scarlet Monkey Flower and post it soon.   I still need to add comments from last Summer and also some of my hikes with the Forest Service.

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1 Raquel Weber 01.29.09 at 11:25 am

I totally agree with you that hummingbirds are wonderful. So tiny and precious! Feisty too! When I go to my parents cabin in Northern Michigan we spend hours watching the hummingbirds buzz around the nectar feeder. They can be very territorial which only adds to the amusement.

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