Anna’s Always Around

q8~Anna’s always around; flitting from flower to flower, buzzing by our heads, sitting on my favorite dead dwarf peach (another story), squeaking at us, or just generally flying about. This hummingbird does not migrate from our area, even in the coldest San Diego weather, Anna is always around. We are amazed at how brazen this bird is, I guess without any natural predators she doesn’t have to be afraid. I know there are he’s, I swear I see the female more even though the male is “prettier” with the gorgeous red neck feathers.

During the fall, if we leave the front door open Anna’s will fly in straight through the house and try to get out of the vaulted-roof-high window. The Hubs has had to save many a hummer. He climbs up a ladder and plucks the bird down when it’s become too tired to fly. Holding the bird in your hand is as if you’re holding air.

When I go out to water the garden, I’ll spray the water into the air so Anna’s can come and enjoy. I was amazed the first time this happened.  Our garden has a lot of hummingbird friendly plants, so I figure I’m being thanked

Anna looking at me as I take her picture.

Anna looking at me as I take her picture.

Anna loving the purple salvia.

Anna loving the purple salvia.

Male Anna's enjoying the Verbena flower's nectar.

Male Anna’s enjoying the Verbena flower’s nectar.

I actually dusted off my Canon Rebel XSi with the 55 – 250 mm zoom lens to take pictures. My Anna’s deserve better than the iPhone point and click!

The Black Phoebe and Me

~The Black Phoebe has adopted our family, I believe it must be our totem.  It follows us everywhere we go:  hiking, shopping, camping, visiting friends and family! When working, Phoebe would greet me every morning a 6 am. While gardening yesterday I had three constant companions: 1. the dog, 2. Anna’s Hummingbird and 3. Black Phoebe.  Anna’s did a lot of “talking” at me. Flit, flit, flit.  Black Phoebe was having a wonderful time catching bugs.  After a patient 30 minutes, I was finally able to get a shot.  Forget the close-up, the Phoebe moved too much and I have the blurred pictures to show it.

Excited to have a few seedlings.  Yeah!  There is milkweed, which will attract the butterflies in droves. Last summer the seeds were “flying” around the nursery at Cuyamaca College. If you live in the San Diego area this is a must see place.  This milkweed produces beautiful orangish, yellowish flowers.  I actually planted these in peat pots and transferred into this clay pot.

Really happy to see the catnip.  I sprinkled the seeds into the ground in November.  I got a free pack somewhere and thought what-the-heck.  When removing the ranunculus, I was pleasantly surprised to see some catnip seedlings had popped up.  Our Maddie Khat loves catnip so this is great.  I have some in a pot that I break off for her.

Just had to take another picture of the Monkey Flower because I find the size so amazing.  I see it everyday outside of the kitchen window.  Look and the size and beautiful colors!

Bought this Blanket Flower variety at the college nursery last summer.  It has continued to bloom throughout the year.  Amazing!  Lasted through the little bit of frost we had.

Now, doesn’t this final dye from the yarn yesterday look like the center of the blanket flower?  What should I knit with this?  Think a hat would look great!