As I tread water in my pool this afternoon, I watched with joy & delight, as several of my avian girl friends - the black chinned hummingbirds - drank from my lemon tree (which is STILL blossoming for the 4th straight month!), French Lavender, Lantana, Sawyers Hybrid Lavender, and then finished with a Honeysuckle chaser, before heading over the wall. Over a 20 minute period, I watched 3 different females follow similar routes. Get some plentiful and citrus-y lemon blossom nectar, then chase the lavenders swaying in the wind, and stop in for the honeysuckle at the end. We planted the honeysuckle back in February, and it's climbed the 6 foot fall in just 3 months.
And the back yard Ocotillo... the girls find that irresistible. hovering around the top, cranking their heads at funky angles to get to every little blossom, no matter what angle it is presented.
It's very cool, to be a big, clumsy biped, swimming in a di-hydrogen oxide and chlorine solution (at 78F pool temp), and still be able to watch these tiny avian beauties drinking voraciously from the blossoms all around the pool, enjoying the fruits of my gardening labor. Like with most males... it's all about making sure the females have enough to drink. LOL! (3 bottles of Cruzan rum went into the recycling bin this evening for pick-up tomorrow, coincidentally).
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