First thing this morning I woke up, looked out my bedroom window down at my garden and what do you think that the first things I saw?
Two hummingbirds feeding at separate feeders. One was a female Rufous Hummingbird, and the other was a male Rufous Hummingbird. I tried to
take a picture, but the window was pretty dusty/dirty on the outside so
it didn't turn out well (plus I was quite a distance away).
female Rufous Humming bird is on the right side of the hummingbird
feeder, she almost blends in with the haze of the dirty window/flash.
I really like the female's colors best I think. The males are flashy,
but the female's colors are so multicolored/iridescent.
What a wonderful "good morning" from Mother Nature!!
Hannah and I spent quite a long time outside playing.
I had to re-pot my 3 "Campanula (Poscharskyana) Serbian Bellflower" (perennial) that I bought 2 weeks ago. When I bought them they were already root bound and growing out the bottom, but they looked really nice on top. I just now got around to re-potting them since the weather hasn't been too great. They look very happy now in their newer temporary home!
I discovered that I have one Sweet Pea coming up in my hallowed out stump planters. I planted the seeds over 3 weeks ago and not much has happened, but I hadn't kept the seeds "moist" because I was counting on Mother Nature. I am happy that at least one seed is coming out. Maybe more will now that I have hooked up the hose and am going to start my regular watering.
Hannah played with the hose and the new hose sprayer that I got. I am really happy with it since it has a special nob to easily control the flow. My old one would blast my established plants and it was horrible on my seeds that were trying to grow. I was always fighting with the flow trying not to destroy my garden, so this has made me incredibly happy that it works so well. It was an impulse buy because I alread had the one and I felt it worked well enough to keep (because I hate wasting $$. If I don't have to replace it, I won't buy a new one until it's totally broken and beyond repair.)
Needless to say, I am very excited by a hose nozzle! HAHAHA, the little things that excite a gardner...LOL!
Hannah had a blast "washing" out my old flower containers and watering the little grass area. It was really cute, she was proud to be my little helper, plus it kept her out of my way while I re-potted the Bellflowers mentioned above. She was good, but she got tired and I had to cut my flower playing short.
I went outside this evening while Hannah was napping because I had to shut off the hose I left on. I decided to check out my garden and see if I could catch any hummingbirds at the feeders. Well as I was browsing through the different areas in my garden I happened to walk within 3 feet of one of the hummingbird feeders. Just as I was doing that, a male hummingbird came flying straight at me, zooming past "warning" me to stay way from "his" feeder. The little stinker was challenging me! It was crazy how close he came to my head. I decided to try and get some pictures of him if he was going to visit frequently. Well, would the little bugger come to the feeder? NO! He just kept buzzing around everytime I moved in the garden "warning" me to stay away. What a dominant male, to challenge me! I was able to get two pictures of him at the feeder (but not as close as I had hoped), and some in the trees where he would roost, then fly off and buzz me.
Above: Male Rufous Hummingbird (I am pretty sure it's the same one that was there first thing this morning due to his protectivness of the feeder). Pretty neat!
Above: The Male Rufous Hummingbird watching me, making sure I won't steal "his" feeder. He's hard to see, but you can see the red in the middle of the picture sitting there watching me...
I took a few pictures of some of the little birds that hang out where I put birdseed. They are so cute. I especially like these little ones that have a whitemohawk stripe down the top of his head, then black stripes on his cheeks, then another white set of stripes below the black. It's really cute and I don't remember seeing them last year, but who knows.
So, there are some pictures from a day in my garden....I enjoyed my outdoor day very much!!