Recently Bavarian gardener Cathy of Words and Herbs suggested posting a week of flowers, one or more photos a day of our flowers and gardens to brighten and cheer us all.
Last April a cluster of snapdragons the northern border bloomed and bloomed, providing vase material as well as framing the meditation circle with lusciousness. The dark-red-leaved plants in the circle are Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue).
By May 23 the penstemon was in full bloom and bees were enjoying it, birds were serenading. Watch closely and you might detect a ruby-throated hummingbird fly along the fence to feed on some columbine just above the blue pot (10-28 seconds). It flies behind the penstemon before emerging right by me (55 second-mark), just visible in upper far-left corner.
Your white snapdragons and penstemons are good enough to eat. But oh how I enjoyed the hummingbird – thanks so much for taking the trouble to post that video! Have a happy, peaceful day.
So happy you enjoyed the hummingbird. I know it’s difficult to see in that video but they’re so fast and so special.
Oh – not too hard to see it. I remember when I worked briefly in a Florida garden I used to sit outside in the garden as much as I could just to see them. They are truly special.
Those white snapdragons are fabulous! I was given a florist’s bouquet recently with lovely sturdy white and pale pink snapdragons, but I think yours are even better! The little video with the hummingbird was balm for the soul. Have a lovely day Susie. xx
Not sure the snapdragons will make it back. They were particularly attractive to the generations of rabbits that came through the garden each morning this year. Hope you could spot the little hummingbird!
Yes, I saw him! 😃
Ooh, definitely cheering! I loved the video, like being immersed in a forest of penstemon from a bee’s-eye-view. Seeing the hummingbird and hearing the chirping of birds in the background, for a moment I was transported back to spring. Thank you!
Eliza, you got the entire experience! That was a magical time.