BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Sunday, January 19, 2014

garden scene

The light was beautiful this afternoon, though the day has been quite cool (high of 73) and tonight, since the outdoor temperature went below my threshold of 65 degrees, we have a fire at Woodstar this evening. Casuarina wood is the best burning wood I know, tremendously heavy - it sinks in water! - and burns without the slightest sparking, releasing a fragrance of cedar. The fireplace in Woodstar is a great rarety on the island, and is decorated with a surround of old Delft tiles. I have been told that these tiles are worth the rest of the house put together (it's a bit of ruin, but old, comfortable and characterful, and Claire has made it quite pretty).
So I took some more garden shots; I think the one above came out quite well. The main palm is a Royal (Roystonea regia, from Cuba), my favorite. Note the spear coming out of the crown of the palm: the tightly rolled new sentinel frond. The splashes of red are ti plants, and the banana-like leaves to the right are heliconias.

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