Lazy Weekend

A few members of my household weren’t feeling great last weekend.

As a result, we had a low-key, kind of lazy, weekend.

My daughter was home Friday and part of Saturday.

It was nice to have her home.

I made a trip to our closest nursery on Saturday afternoon for a few plants.

I bought a Butterfly Bush.

Butterfly Bush © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

It’s so pretty and fragrant.

I also bought some salvia for the four hundred bazillion hummingbirds who live in my backyard.

Hummingbirds love salvia.

And no, I can’t dig, and/or lift, and/or plant with my bum arm.

I have to get help with gardening tasks.

A lot of hummingbird eggs have hatched and our yard is overrun with hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Hummingbirds typically lay two eggs per clutch.

Hummingbirds living in Orange County’s warm climate often have two to three broods so I imagine I will have many more hummingbirds before the summer is over.

I would guesstimate we have around thirty living in our backyard right now … which is a crazy lot if you know how territorial hummingbirds are.

I’m going through two gallons of hummingbird food (which I make myself) every 36 hours.

Of course, this year a few orioles have decided to drink some of the nectar too.

Oriole © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

It’s the first time they’ve shown up regularly at my hummingbird feeders.

I guess free food is a bonus even if you’re an oriole?

2 Responses to “Lazy Weekend”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I’d love your recipe for the hummingbird food. We’ve only had a couple come up and taste from our feeder this spring – I guess they don’t like the red commercial stuff.

    • Suzanne

      4 cups water and 1 cup sugar – very easy.
      Make sure the feeder is cleaned regularly because if mold starts to grow it will make them sick and they won’t want to drink from it. The food does go “bad” after a few days especially in warm weather. If they don’t visit often you may have to dump it out and put fresh in until they discover it. It takes patience … one person told me it took several weeks until her feeder was discovered. I have a lot because each generation seems to come back to nest here … and many never migrate away.

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