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 (

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fred's second favorite perch; Another type of flowering maple; A visit to Long Island Hummingbird Plants

Here's a video of Fred on his second favorite perch, in a wild cherry that's about to bloom - though he spends much less time here than at his favorite spot. You can see Old Field Point, 23 miles away, on the horizon. Immediately after I filmed him, he shifted back to his favorite perch.

Also today, a very kind friend who overwinters some of my tropicals in a greenhouse she has access to brought a first batch to the sanctuary, including several in full bloom: a yellow angel trumpet (Brugmansia), a shrimp plants (hummer ***) and a flowering maple (abutilon), also an excellent (**) hummer plant. Thanks Rosa for taking such good care of these full-grown babies. Here's a view of the abutilon.

You can get both shrimp plant and abutilon - and a whole host of other superb hummer favorites, at Bill Koller's "Long Island Hummingbird Plants", located in Medford near exit 64 of the LIE. In particular, during my visit there 2 days ago, I saw he has treasures such as Coral Honeysuckle "Major Wheeler", many salvias, cardinal flower,  Mina lobata, and best of all Lavender, Purple and Pink Porterweed, which he propagates himself. Definitely the best place on Long Island for hummingbird shopping!

1 comment:

  1. A kind friend indeed. The abutilon looks lovely and I can see why Fred likes that perch.