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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sugar Water

I love the pergola and whatever's growing on it. It's a nice way to shade a porch. I didn't think I'd like the lion but he grows on me. Not crazy about the other statue, but that's a personal choice. The bougainvillea is gorgeous. I have two of them that look like weeds. Occasionally they pop off a sallow bloom.

I don't know if the feeders are working. I did not see bird one.

15 comments:

Dina said...

How much sugar water can little birds drink, after all?
This post is so much fun.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Not a statue person myself, but I'm lovin' the bench! And our hummingbird feeder hasn't been used much lately.

Eleonora said...

The pergola growth looks like wisteria! Beautiful, statues and all. All garden-envy aside, I find this little corner quite lovely. Would love to sit under that shady porch and just lull.

Jean Spitzer said...

I love pergolas. This one is lovely. Someone in the house really likes hummingbirds to be caring for so many feeders. I wonder if each has an assigned day of the month.

Petrea said...

It does look like a pleasant place to sit, doesn't it? Seems like you'd have to sit very still for a long time before the hummingbirds would come. We get hummingbirds at our house; they like the Mexican sage.

Speedway said...

Around here, the hummingbirds arrive around mid-April, then leave to migrate south in September. Could it be they've gone south in your area, as well?

We had two feeders on our houseboat. As I sat on the edge of the boat to fish, the little birds would fly in and out, sometimes brushing against me as they went by. It was a purposeful gesture, testing me, taunting even. Often, as I'd change out the feeders, the little birds would hover, completely unafraid, tweeting at me with angry little peeps. I think they would have been frustrated to know that their demanding displays made me smile, instead.

altadenahiker said...

You have to starve the bougie to get the blooms. Never water it.

Margaret said...

Love the birdfeeders, but I can't help thinking my dog would be in a constant state of nervous excitement if birds were always popping by. AH: Did not know that gardening tip. Interesting.

Bellis said...

My little grandson adores that lion. ROAR!!! The feeders are always buzzing with up to 15 birds at a time whenever I go past. I love the red and green of the sugar water.

My two feeders are always in use, with a Townsend's warbler stealing from them at the moment, and Bullock's orioles in summer. When the hummer mating season is on, my deck is like a war zone, little fighter jets buzzing past my ears, as the Anna's hummingbird male who has claimed our deck chases all others away except wives and babies. That's why I've put feeders up in different areas of the garden.

I hope this will inspire everyone to put up a feeder or two - it's so rewarding. The sugar water is easy to make: 1 cup sugar to 3 cups water, microwave for 3 minutes, stir, cool, and fill. Happy hummering!

Petrea said...

Speedway: sounds like an idyll.

Hiker, I didn't know that either. Now I have to move the plants. The nursery just told me to give them full sun but they're getting too much water because they're near other plants that require water.

I could put up feeders, but the sage seems to attract just enough birds to entertain me without freaking Boz out.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I have some of the same issues with a few of my bougainvillea. I find that the most prolific (I have at least 25 of them) of my Bougainvillea is Barbara Kraust. It's the common scarlet color. There is also a lighter purple one (kind of hard to find) that borders on pink. It's very good, especially for shadier spots. The whites and oranges (as well as the San Diego red) can be stringy.

That lion is swell. Much more character then the usual imports

alex said...

i agree, the lion statue somehow works.

and i'm surprised, not a bird dropping in sight!

Karen said...

When our hibiscus are blooming, we get tons of hummingbirds and have also had the war zone at mating time.

Years ago, when we lived in an apartment, a hummingbird nested in my hanging grape ivy and sat on two little eggs for weeks.

Painters came and took down the plant, destroying the nest, one day while I was at work. No notice at all. I was heartsick for months over that.

Petrea said...

PA, I've seen a deep purple bougainvillea a few times, but never found it at a nursery. That's the one I really want.

Alex: maybe if I could have come in a little closer.

A warning to us all, Karen. Next time I have some work done around here, I'll be on the lookout.

Speedway said...

I'd forgotten that in this area, meaning everywhere east of the Mississippi, we only have one species of hummingbird, the ruby-throated. I've only have to differentiate, then, between male/female and immature birds. I envy you your many varieties.

Some years back, a friend who was a corporate pilot, was flying back to Indy when the plane was hit by...something. The pilots did not know what it could have been at that altitude. They checked around the wind screen, but could see nothing. When the plane was examined later, the maintenance guys found a small smear of tiny, iridescent green feathers at the edge of the wind screen. Everybody felt bad, as they felt sure the little guy was on his way to breaking the all-species altitude flying record for representatives w/3-3.5 in. wingspan,weighing 0.1-0.2 oz.