Sorry, but I just had to share this one ----
28 Sep 2022
The Hummers are passing through.
So, when I noticed more hummers in the yard, I set out the feeder. Right now, I have one (possibly the same one each time) that is feeding from the multiple bird feeder throughout the day. There are several others that try approaching the feeder, however that pushy little bird keeps chasing off any others that are interested in stopping by for a meal.
So, just in case you ever needed to know –
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
Hummingbirds have over 900 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world. Not only do they not need as many feathers because of their tiny size, but fewer feathers also keep them more lightweight for easier flight.
An average hummingbird’s heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute. In comparison, a human's average heart rate is only 60 to 100 beats per minute at rest.
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. Their eggs measure less than 1/2 inch long but may represent as much as 10 percent of the mother’s weight at the time the eggs are laid. A hummingbird egg is smaller than a jelly bean!
Rose of Sharon or Althea grows very well here. It likes our summers and winters. They attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. The leaves are edible as are the flowers. The plant is being studied for its ability to lower blood pressure and it contains vitamin C and other antioxidants.
We’re still having summer though the temperatures have dropped to the low 90’s and this morning at dark-thirty it was 68° outside. That’s like kind of coolish (for us anyway).
Today I swallowed a bug.
I know, sounds like something from Shel Silverstein or Simms Taback.
Weed places I’ve completely ignored
for the past 3 months.
Start putting into the ground, plants I do not intend to winter-over.
Move a few things from one place to another.
And while the temperatures haven’t been abysmal, I have gotten outside by 730am and back in by 10am, hot, sweaty, and very tired. We’re lucky (sort of) here as we have a very long growing season (like from February to November). The good thing about it is that I can plant things in the fall and not worry they’ll freeze in six weeks. Of course, the bad thing is that we have six months of very hot summer.
Today I decided to weed my herb garden.
Because I tend to ignore my #1 piece of advice to gardeners (know how big your plant will be when fully grown and plan accordingly), I tend to think
Yes, I’ve planted 9 herbs, all of which will be 2-3 ft tall and wide when fully grown. But, but, but – lookie there – an empty space or two and I can squeeze one (three) more plants in there and there and there.
This past spring, I thought that same thing and planted sunflower seeds. All of which came up. All of which were big and T A L L. All of which, while beautiful in April, May, and June, died in the mid-July heat and drought leaving some very big stalks I couldn’t pull up. Today, after spending some time working on one of the stalks (push, pull, push, pull – getting looser!) took a deep breath in preparation to pull up that stalk and …… I swallowed a bug.
Last time I wrote, (yes, I know, a while back), I mentioned the August Earth Lab – Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging. It was a huge success. We had a large group of people and everyone worked on a flower arrangement and seemed to have a very enjoyable time. Yay!
Coming up sooner that I thought is the next Earth Lab. The working title has been
For the most part, it’s done. Just a few more tweaks.
I hope you noticed in the third sentence above “days with no rain”. Yes! After months and months of 100+° temperatures and serious drought conditions, we started getting some rain.
I don’t like to boast but I may have helped by dancing around the house with my rain stick.
Guess I’ve probably bored you long enough.