Hummingbirds in the garden

The fruit trees and perennial shrubs are flowering in my mother-in-law’s backyard in California, and the garden is full of hummingbirds chasing each other from tree to tree.  The birds were amazingly cooperative posing near the blossoms.

An Anna Hummingbird perched near the not quite open bottlebrush flower.

A female Anna Hummingbird perched near a not-quite-open bottlebrush flower.

Cylindrical, brush-like flowers develop on a long raceme in this eucalyptus relative that is endemic to Australia.

Cylindrical, brush-like flowers of the bottlebrush develop on a long raceme.  Bottlebrush is a relative of the eucalyptus and endemic to Australia .  The red stamens project out radially, making the flower complex look like a brush used to clean narrow-necked bottles.   Red usually means a good meal to a hummingbird.

The bees were busily pollinating the peach three, and I thought a photo of a hummingbird surrounded by pink peach blossoms would look great.

The bees were busily pollinating the peach tree, and I thought a photo of a hummingbird surrounded by pink peach blossoms would look great.

And there it was, waiting for me to take its photo.

And there she was, waiting for me to take her photo.

9 thoughts on “Hummingbirds in the garden

    • I didn’t know the hummers came to hostas, but haven’t watched to see if they sip from mine. Unfortunately, those plants are not near my favorite porch window for bird photos.

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