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Hummingbirds are here! May 16, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening.
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Our columbines are blooming here at Hawk’s Haven, and in our friend Ben’s experience, once the columbines bloom, the ruby-throated hummingbirds will be close behind. Sure enough, I was on the phone—an activity I absolutely despise—staring idly out our bedroom picture window and wondering how soon I could hope to escape. And then I realized that something was buzzing back and forth from the huge boxwood that anchors one end of our foundation planting and the red-flowered Eastern wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) in our large front island bed. 

Hooray! This was definitely the most entertaining phone call our friend Ben has ever had. The little hummer kept up the show through the entire call, then disappeared on cue just as I hung up.

It’s been raining so much here that I haven’t seen the little fellow since then, and may have to wait for drier summer days and our trumpetvine, rose-of-Sharons, cannas, and pineapple sage to bloom before Silence Dogood and I can reliably sit back and enjoy the little buzzers working the flowers. Then again, maybe, just maybe there’s a hummingbird nest in the making in that big boxwood…

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