At Seattle Fling 2011, this year’s incarnation of the garden bloggers’ get together, I achieved a wildlife photographic milestone and I owe it all to this plant, Crocosmia ’Lucifer’. I do not current grow this plant, but I will definitely be adding some to my garden, as it is hardy to Zone 5. And here is what has me so excited:
I finally got a photo of hummingbird. And not just a photo of a hummingbird, but a photo of a hummingbird in flight visiting a garden plant. It was a magical moment when I watched a pair of hummers zip back and forth from a place of safety to the abundant blooms. The harsh mid-morning light played perfectly on the blooms and the birds. So what if this wasn’t my garden. I believe it’s a rufous hummingbird, which is not found in my area.
While in Seattle, I also noticed that hummers really like Kniphofia too. I will be searching for the hardiest varieties and planting them in my garden too. It’s fun to see a hummingbird at a feeder, but nothing beats seeing one at a beautiful bloom.
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