Hummingbird madness descended on the Automatic Garden this morning. The little birds are impossible to count, but there may have been nearly 10 participating in a feeding frenzy. The little Ruby Throated hummers are also impossible to photograph, but these pictures give an idea of the action.
The sparring was rampant. Little bodies clashed with thudding sounds and dropped to the ground. Bees were chased away by screeching hummers using their beaks like swords.
There were moments of rest between fights.
This group will probably be here a day or two during their migration, loading up on nectar from Hummingbird Bush, Cigar Plant, Bottlebrush, Salvias, Mist Flowers and good old sugar in the feeders.
I wish them well on their trip south and the garden will be ready for the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds’ return.
The best part of spring is the flowering shrubs. The Loropetalum is one of the early bloomers. It has a slight scent.
Flowering Olive has tiny flowers with a big scent that drifts across the garden. It will bloom on and off throughout the year.
The flaming red Bottle Brush is a beacon that attracts hummingbirds in the spring.
Azaleas are always a show stopper in these parts, inspiring communities to put on azalea trails.
One bush that has it all is Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Each flower displays three different colors and it is heavily scented.
This small tree had to be included for the fanciful flowers that hang from the Fringe Tree.