Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Looking for red

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Katie and I were weeding on Saturday.  It was a beautiful day and Katie was in full supervisory mode.

Don't bother me Mama, I'm busy watching the neighbors.

Don’t bother me Mama, I’m busy watching the neighbors.

As I moved down the bed I was suddenly buzzed by a female hummingbird.  Then she began to work the red beebalm just down the garden from where I was working.  I thought to myself…what a great shot that would be.  But of course the camera was in the house.  So I went to get it and naturally the bird was gone when I got back.

I put the camera on the house generator, to keep it safe from dirt and weeds and began to work again.  I had my head buried in the beebalm, pulling out a massive nightshade plant when I was buzzed again by you know who.  I lifted my head and we had a stare down.  She won.  I went to get the camera and she left.

So here’s a picture of beebalm.  Pretend you see a female humming bird there, will you?

Hummer breakfast

Hummer breakfast

I continued on down the bed, pulling grass and weeds.  I began to realize there was a lot of red stuff in bloom right now.  These are particularly beautiful this year.  I can’t remember their name but I bet some of you know it!

Beautiful

Beautiful

And there are a couple of surprises too.  Buried deep in the leftover bleeding heart and behind some coneflower is a red dahlia in bloom.   I must have planted it there this spring, but had forgotten.  It’s the first dahlia to bloom this year and I might have missed it without Katie insisting I weed.

Hiding in plain sight

Hiding in plain sight

And way down at the other end of the garden is one solitary gladiola.  I planted the bulbs 3 years ago and I’m supposed to pull them up each fall and replant each spring.  Well.  That never happened…but this courageous glad just keeps coming back.

Spiky red

Spiky red

The weeding yesterday was oddly relaxing.  And I appreciated all the red, a color the camera shy Ms. Hummingbird loves as well.  In fact I bet she’s out there right now enjoying my garden.  I hope so.  I sort of had her in mind when I planted it.

Of course there were other colors and other visitors as well.  I almost stepped on this little guy.  Do you see him?

Blending in

Blending in

And there were lots of these guys in the garden too.

Resting

Resting

All in all a nice day to be outside.  Even if it was just to weed.  Katie and I will be weeding other beds today.  She’s pretty excited at the prospect; she’s napping now to gather strength for her supervisory role.  It’s a hard job but somebody has to make sure this work gets done!

We hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!  Get out and enjoy everything the summer has to offer.  I think we’ll plan a little park time today as well.  Katie will have earned it.

DId someone say PARK?!

Did somebody say PARK?!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “Looking for red

  1. You’ve got to love those hummers!

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  2. Weeding is something I should do, but haven’t for far too long. Instead, I sit with camera in hand and watch the birds.

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  3. I so enjoyed this! I think that people don’t plant enough red in their gardens and I LOVE that your red is abundant!

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  4. Is the mystery plant a crocosmia? My hummers love them!

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  5. Soooooo pretty! August is such a perfect time of year. Hummingbirds are just the coolest thing ever.

    We drove to Vermont this morning, saw lots of red barns, and the mountains were so lush and green.

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  6. I haven’t seen any of our tiny little hummers this year and I especially planted pots of hummingbird flowers just for them – kind of figures they wouldn’t appear after that 🙂

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  7. The hummingbirds are enjoying my red cana lilies. I love all those red flowers that you have!

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  8. The red flowers are beautiful. Forget about photographing those red-chested hummingbirds. The flowers wanted to shine in your blog instead! Otherwise all the readers would have just ooohed and ahhhed about the hummer and missed the blooms. (Don’t you agree?)

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  9. Your yard must be beautiful!!

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  10. Beautiful job with your red flower photos! I often have trouble getting the camera to represent the true red that I see. Your bee balm looks wonderful. Mine is only so-so; I planted it 3 years ago, I think, in hopes of pleasing the hummingbirds.

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  11. Never fails, as soon as you go to get the camera the hummingbird moves!

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  12. I have the same stalemate with “my” hummingbirds and the camera. I’ve given up and just watch and listen now. Love the crocosmia. Though I’m afraid I’ll never remember their name on my own.

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  13. Crocosmia, is that also called Montbretia? That’s what I though it may be. I’ve been catching up your posts. I had been signed up to get notifications of a new posting. Guess modern technology has failed me again. You haven’t taken a hiatus on blogging at all. I’ll sign up again! It shows how much care you put into tending your garden — beautiful! Do you think Katie could teach my Jinx how to enjoy camping? Always looking forward to reading of her exploits!

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  14. Sorry you didn’t get your hummer photo this time. Amazing how they’re so attracted to red. Years ago I was at lavabeds nat’l monument, nothing but black for miles around. My ex was wearing a black t-shirt with the old-fashioned mickey mouse, you know, with the red shorts? As we were unloading our [black] car, a hummer suddenly appeared in front of his chest, checking out that red. Realizing there was nothing there, it then zipped over to check out the bright light of the red light inside my open door, then it vanished. I have no idea what hummers could find out there in all those miles of black rock. But you’ve built it, so I guess they come. 🙂

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