Yesterday I was enjoying the peace of my garden space, watching as hummingbirds fought over the feeder, buzzing past my ears, so loud and so quick. I got out my camera and took pictures of my hummingbird friends. They are the best part of my Topanga garden and have given me so many happy moments. But now, I am getting the house ready for travelling. I am starting my trip around the State of California, and I am excited at the prospect of seeing new places with different plants and trees, waking up to different bird sounds in the morning, and different smells in the air.
On my journey, there will be infinite possibilities for new stories to write and tales to tell. But it is bittersweet: for all I will be gaining, I will be missing my garden. I won’t be watering my plants or digging in the earth. I feel like taking my digger along with me.. I remind myself: it’s only temporary. After my travels, I will be gardening again. But it’s been so long since I have been without a garden for any length of time..
I hope that my Anna’s Hummingbirds will get along without me. But, of course, they will.. They belong here. These particular birds, the regulars, may have gotten spoiled by my feeder, but they will adjust. They will frequent the native blossoms, like Nicotiana with its yellow tubular flowers, more often, and that will be good for the plants.
As long as I am outdoors, out in Nature, I will have a garden. It will be Nature’s garden, crafted by her hand and not mine. I will visit wild and untouched lands, camping in the forests and under the stars. I will visit botanical gardens in different cities that will give me gardens to walk through and teach me what natives are found locally. And, I plan to visit organic farms and farmers markets, partaking of the local fare. And maybe even getting my hands dirty helping out.
But the first stop will be Autumn leaves. I’m going up to 7,000 feet in the Sierras to walk through forests of poplars & aspens in the height of their glory. I look forward to sharing them with you as my California Travels get underway.
Have you seen any migrating hummingbirds recently? Keep a feeder ready just in case~
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