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 (

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Looks Good! Open today 9.30-12.30 and 3 to 6

The weather and the hummingbirds are both looking good and we will open today both am (9.30-12.30) and pm (3-6). New visitors are reminded to ring the bell (see for info and directions) sufficiently distinctly that it can be heard. Also, a reminder that good walkers should follow the woodland path, while anyone with the slightest difficulty (e.g. old body, flip-flops, out-of-shape etc) should go straight down the driveway. However, persons in the latter group should remain in the upper garden area. All visitors are also reminded that they enter at their OWN RISK - there are steep, narrow paths, hosepipes, deteriorating steps and chairs etc. Please be cautious.

The photo is from last year, by Klaus-Dieter Schleim. It shows a hummer hovering at rosebay salvia (S. involucrata) "Mulberry Jam". I have both this variety and the taller "Bethellii". I have not decided which is better, though I suspect the latter. Some of these plants survived the winter from last year. In fact, last winter, though thought by many to be a severe one, was quite kind to the garden - probably because there was plenty of snow cover. I have a black-and-blue S. guaranitica that is as big as the plants put in this year.

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