The Rubies are here! And, just like always, they are hungry. Feeding these babies is a true passion of mine. Not only do I have lots of feeders hanging around the place, I try to provide them with natural food by selecting plants for the gardens that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
When I was visiting a local nursery recently, a hummingbird flew through the open door and into the greenhouse where I was. I stood very still and watched. Obviously, he had been dining there before for he seemed to know exactly where he was going and what he wanted ~ Dwarf Hummingbird Mint, Autumn Sage in both violet and hot pink, and Cuphea Honeybells. When I left the greenhouse, my purchases that day included some of these tried and true hummingbird favorites.
And, here the plants are filling an old wooden box that once served as a minerals and salt feeder for the cattle. How about that green color that Mother Nature put on that old piece.
Carolina Buckeye. We can always expect the hummingbirds to arrive when the buckeye blooms.
|Look at that tongue.|
Another Cuphea which these little birds go crazy over.