Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Springtime Garden

A flower filled Springtime Garden is in our midst, and we are loving every minute of it! The birds are enjoying it too, and that's why they've been flocking to our yard in abundance. We have babies in the trees, and orioles hiding in the bushes, chittering away like crazy. Even a hummingbird has nested in my mom's garden. We've been watching the dedicated mother bird tend her babies. Two tiny heads covered with mini feather sticks have grown to two bigger babies with fluffy heads looking out upon the world, resting in the comfort of their tiny mud nest. They are sure to be off soon, never to return to their sweet and safe beginnings. 
Hummingbirds love all our flowering succulents and cacti. They go crazy over the bright foliage. They scold us sharply if Lola or I venture into their midst. The sparrows and finches are busy too. They gather twigs and bits of fluff, ready to start their nesting prowess too. They scatter around in the dirt, taking puffy dirt baths, leaving small crater shapes over the garden floor. Looks a bit like a moonscape down there!
Happy Spring to you. Sit in a garden for a bit, and enjoy the birdies. Listen carefully, and they'll tell you a thing or two!

1 comment:

Tamerie Shriver said...

It looks so 'springy'! Did you know that hummingbirds love red? That's why when you buy a hummingbird feeder, it comes with red sugar and the actual holder has red plastic. After the first time, the birds know where the feeder is and will return again and again as long as you provide the sugar water. They are also very territorial and will guard the feeder from other hummingbirds. I have a bunch of finches and wrens that think they are hummingbirds and drink out the the feeder. No amount of me telling them they aren't has helped. Oh well, there is plenty for all the birds that wish to drink.
Hope to see you Saturday at the sale. If not, have a Happy Easter!