Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds


Our record breaking Christmas heatwave has encouraged flora and fauna to emerge from their winter rests.  The bees are finishing off a feeder a day.


Butterflies are feasting on the last of the summer flowers.

Caterpillar eggs are hatching and thankfully the Passion Flower has replenished its leaves for the babies.

Azaleas that are supposed to bloom in March are beginning to open.  A Gardenia has also popped out.


The Buff-bellied hummingbird is still hanging out in the yard, but is now also using the feeder as the flowers dwindle.  The weather forecast is showing temperatures dropping down to our normal “warm” winter weather with no freezes for awhile.


My post Christmas plans are to clean out some beds and plant winter annuals while the weather is nice.

13 Comments on “Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds”

  1. Wonderful to be comfortably outside in December.Hope the weather holds for you.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Pssst! Lookie what I found from my favorite mets. It’s too far out to say what’s going to happen, but we’re clearly going to cool down.

    That gardenia just knocks me out. The fragrance may be my favorite, but I’ve yet to find a perfume that truly replicates it.

  3. We had frost all day so it was a real tonic to read this post, and interesting to read about bee feeders – never knew there was such a thing.

    • Well, actually the feeders are for hummingbirds, but the bees will use them when food is scarce. I did read about another blogger that sets up the hummingbird feeders for her bees. I have had lizards and other birds drink the sugar water.

  4. The weather is crazy all over. It was nearly 70 on Tuesday and today we have cold rain. Enjoy your gardening.

  5. Christina says:

    When the sun shines in winter it is lovely to be outside. How lovely that hummingbirds stay with you all year.

  6. Sheryl says:

    Wow, I’m amazed that you still have hummingbirds in December. It’s definitely warmer there than here. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  7. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that particular hummingbird–it looks huge! Enjoy them & have a very happy new year!!!

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