This week a broad-billed hummingbird was vacationing in Dennis, MA.
(photo via Boston Globe)
It usually resides in Arizona but is enjoying the Cape this summer.
Sandra and Charles McGibbon, backyard birders, were having dinner on a deck in Dennis when their friends told them to keep their eyes peeled for a hummingbird. It wasn't the ruby-throated hummingbird typically seen on the Cape. They thought it was something special.
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Look at this tiny hummingbird resting on a branch.
I had assumed hummingbirds rest from time to time, but had never seen one sit still until I sat still. And waited. And waited a little longer. Then, that distinctive buzz of the wings came from the right and a little blur flew up to a nearby branch. It sat and peeped like a chipmonk for a couple minutes, flew to the feeder and hovered for a second or two. Then it was gone!
There are never enough hummingbirds in the garden. To help attract them, we recommend this book, Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard, (A Rodale Organic Gardening Book) by Sally Roth. You can find it at Amazon for $12.89.
Now this is one cool looking insect. No stomach upset here. And they are beneficial for the garden by eating all the other bugs that eat your plants.
Here's a poster print by Pete Oxford. The 40 x 30 print is available at Amazon for $69.99.
But the real thing is even better. Buy 4 praying mantises or an egg out of which 500 baby mantises could emerge from www.livemantis.com.
But, wait, there's more. Check out this clip of a female eating a male after mating.
WARNING: This is worm and bug week at GardenSnob. If you are grossed out easily, skip this blog for a few days and read your bank statement or local police blotter instead.
The tobacco worm has reared its ugly head again this summer. And I mean UGLY! This could easily turn a new gardener away from gardening AND tomatoes altogether.
These are some of the largest caterpillars found around here. They have a natural camouflage that would make any soldier envious and a red, pointy horn on one end. It's a little hard to tell which end it is because they seem to have eyes or a little face on both. (I hope no one says that about me, ever.) At some point, these things turn into hummingbird moths
We bought a great new camera to take all kinds of flowery photos! We had the little PowerShot and were happy with it for the most part but wanted the optical zoom to really focus on bugs and other tiny garden inhabitants. So far, so good and we still have the awesome 2.5" viewing screen. It's also easier to hold than the little PowerShot because of the grippy thing on the right. But don't just take our word for it. We could be pulling the potatoes over your eyes. Go ask my sister - she's the pro . . . www.picturesnob.com.
Here are a few pictures from Santa Fe, NM. This is a 2-story motel with window boxes along the entire U-shaped courtyard.
Second story window boxes at the St. Francis Hotel.
And a simple but gorgeous planter on the sidewalk.
Lastly, the rosemary and allysum (my favorite!) planters at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Huge and amazing!
Thanks to Donelan's Supermarket, our pigs are dining on the finest fruits, vegetables and mesclun mix. We give them stuff from our garden, but why not use this surplus when otherwise it would go into a dumpster? We pick up a plastic tote full of surprises every day at 5:00. I don't know who is happier with this arrangement- the pigs or the store manager!
The afternoon thundershowers left us with this double beauty floating over some of GardenSnob's garden plots.
Look who came to use the facilities last night! Not sure how he opened the screen door but we enjoyed visiting with him and then set him back outside in the grass.