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 (

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth! Fred enjoys his freedom too.

Today we celebrate, rather wetly, and in my case, as an Englishman, somewhat halfheartedly, American Independence (but the fireworks can be terrific, as good as our  Nov 5 "Guy Fawkes' night"). I've not ventured out much, but here's video from a few days ago showing Fred, our resident male troublemaker, feeding peaceably from Salvia "Waverley". Not much is known about the origins of this salvia, though it's thought to originate, probably via crossing and deliberate selection, from Mexico. Though the little white flowers seem modest,  they pack a good nectar reward. Unfortunately it's not hardy in the northeast, but well worth growing nevertheless. It does very well in a clay pot, since it likes good drainage.

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