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, May 29, 2015

what's in flower right now

A very good and old friend from England, a longtime Boston resident, stayed with me in Baiting Hollow for 36 hours and helped with watering in all the new plants. He also took a lot of photos, and here are some.

 more wild cherry

 and more

 Red Buckeye - Esculus pavia (good hummer tree)

 red  buckeye again


 ostrich ferns and columbine

 ostrich ferns and columbine

 columbine and Wendy's Wish salvia

 wild cherry

 this very fragrant small flowering tree was at the Slaves' Burying Ground, in Orient. Any identification?

 Salvia splendens "van Houttei"

 Salvia guaranitica

 3 masks on a storage shed

Terry Farm Rd becomes Hummingbird Way as it enters the sanctuary

 The nearly extinct bell

 shrimp plant

the small white flower has nectar

the bract surrounding it is colorful

Golden Shrimp,, Pachystachys lutea

 Abutilon (Flowering Maple)

 Clerodendron thompsoniae



  1. The flowering tree you are not sure of, could it be a Russian Olive? They are very fragrant.

  2. Pat - I think you are right. The vegetation around that "cimetiere marin" is mostly invasives (there used to be a nice Mimosa tree there, loved by hummingbirds). Thanks for the suggestion. Now I have a dilemma - do I plant a possible invasice whose scent is intoxicating? - Paul

  3. But on more careful study I think it's autumn olive, which has greener and less narrow leaves, as in the images. Apparently the fruit are very healthy which might tip balance for me.

  4. Is there a nursery that carries red buckeye?