My family and I went camping this past week.....in the heat...of over 100, and while we were gone I noticed this plant had bloomed and the hummers were enjoying it. I want to thank my best friend for coming over every evening and cleaning and filling my feeders. I have 10 feeders so it was a job. I will do it for her when she leaves on vacation next week. Here is a photo I took when I got home. I am amazed that the flowers here are still blooming we have had no rain since June 16th, and the flowers look very dry, and the grass here is crunchy. Our crops are suffering as well, corn in our area is very brown...hope rain comes soon.
Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
I love taking photos of the hummers, just don't get a chance to do it very often.
I got up this morning to clean and change the feeders and when I looked out there was 20 or more hummers all swarming around, my husband counted 25 I counted 22 but nevertheless they were upset that the feeders were empty, although there was one that was still useable but for some reason they have their favorites. It was a delight to see them all swarming around. They were all so happy once all the feeders were full. I usually don't let the feeders get empty, but yesterday they must have been very busy eating. The tempertures here are so much better I think they all enjoyed the better temperatures and ate up.
I wanted to add, that last year around the middle/end of June, the hummingbirds were on a "vacation" and didn't come around very much, but this year there was just a day or two that seemed quiet. But it didn't seem long. I do hope that the little ones will be coming along sometime soon. I have been watching to see if any young ones come around. I will try to video some of the hummers this evening. They tend to come in the evening to store up for the night.
Also, I went to great lengths to provide them with things that they like. I found out along the way plants that I didn't know they liked they would hit on from time to time. Next year the flower bed here are going to need some work. I want to add better soil for drought times like we are having now. I also have found it is very beneficial to have things "potted" instead of in the
ground so they can be watered better and taken in the shade on very hot days. Seems like all our summers are very dry anymore.