Friday, July 2, 2010


Nothing makes a garden feel more alive than having critters working the flowers. Up until recently, I have seen very few pollinators visiting my little patches, which made me really sad. I love watching fat bumblebees nosing around blooms, and who doesn't like seeing butterflies flutter in the air? However, once the Obedient Plant started blooming, it seemed like all the other plants finally started being noticed. I have Phlox, Yarrow, Foxgloves, Salvia and Veronica Speedwell, Coneflowers, etc, so no shortage of pollinator friendly plants here! Well, I'm just happy to see them finally visiting me.

Then today, I finally saw my first hummingbird, and actually had my camera on hand! I didn't get too close, because I didn't want to scare her away, but she was hitting the Agastache (also known as Hummingbird Mint) like crazy. I was thrilled, I bought this in Lowes last year (discount again, lol) because every time I was in the store, the hummingbirds were practically elbowing you out of the way to get to these flowers. They were nuts for them! This flower is one of my favorites in the garden, although it doesn't photograph well for me, it has beautiful flowers and is aromatic when brushed even slightly.