Hummer Madness

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.

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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.

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There were moments of rest between fights.

DSC_0451Clever hummingbirds took advantage of the feeders while the rest of the birds chased each other.

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.


Blooming Bushes

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The best part of spring is the flowering shrubs.  The Loropetalum is one of the early bloomers.  It has a slight scent.

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Flowering Olive has tiny flowers with a big scent that drifts across the garden.  It will bloom on and off throughout the year.

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The flaming red Bottle Brush is a beacon that attracts hummingbirds in the spring.

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Azaleas are always a show stopper in these parts, inspiring communities to put on azalea trails.

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One bush that has it all is Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  Each flower displays three different colors and it is heavily scented.

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This small tree had to be included for the fanciful flowers that hang from the Fringe Tree.