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In the garden: Bring on the hummingbirds!

The bee balm popped today:

So I look forward my garden being put on the hummingbird nectar circuit forthwith. Actually, though, already is -- I saw the yellow honeysuckle across the garden shaking, and then saw the tiny fat jet fighter-like body of a hummingbird zoom away, metaphorical afterburners aflame. If I recall correctly, in past years hummingbirds tended to show up in the cool of the day, which makes sense: Minimal energy expenditure with respect to nectar yield.

And speaking of invasive plants:

My Southern friends razz me about this: "You cultivate morning glories? My my!" they hoot. In more tropical climes, morning glories are, apparently, pests; my friend removed bales of it from his yard. And the same with honeysuckle, although up here the sweet smell brings compliements from passers by (along with the smell of the rosa rugosa, invasive too, but also not having had all the scent bred out of it).

Up here, however, morning glories are more tempered. I'll train them -- more hooting -- up strings, and they will make a pretty show, either side of the driveway.

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Submitted by Dromaius on

This has been a big year for hummingbirds in our neck of the woods. Hope it's good for yours too.

And in our temperate non-tropical rainforesty area, we don't cultivate morning glories either ;-).

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Submitted by nippersdad on

Weeds are just plants that are not where they are supposed to be; a tea rose in a pollinator meadow could well be considered a weed as it serves no real purpose there. Invasives in the South may not be so in Maine. They are just a choice one makes contingent upon local conditions and/or lack of better alternatives.

It is just well to be mindful that the choices one makes for oneself may not, necessarily, be the best choices for those you may ultimately, albeit inadvertently, inflict them upon.