Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hummingbirds & Autumn

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Feeding on Petunia at Green Wellies Garden Shoppe

I have been receiving many calls asking if it is time to take down the hummingbird nectar.
The answer is a resounding NO.
It is a ol'wives tale that by keeping the nectar out you "trick" the hummingbird into staying north. This is just not so. When the time is right hummingbirds know instinctively when to head south.

It is very important at this time to continue keeping the nectar feeders full. With the onset of cooler nights the hummingbird will need more nectar, plus they are getting ready for that terrifically long journey.

I find that I am filling my feeder more often than in the height of summer. Plants nectar is just not as plentiful, as our perennial gardens begin to go dormant.

Continue to fill the feeders until you no longer see the level going down.
Then clean and store your feeders for next year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Change is Coming

And no I am not talking about the upcoming election. Will we ever be able to hear those words again without thinking of this last political season.
The change we are talking about right now is the change in our seasons.
Today, after 12" of rain in 72 hours the sun came back and it was welcomed with big arms.
Along with the rain I noticed we still have Water Lilies blooming in the upper pond, and nestled right next to the blossom was this lovely maple leaf.
I think we who garden have mixed feelings regarding autumn.
We enjoy the crispness in the air, the lack of humidity, the blueness of the sky, and of course the myriad colours in the autumn leaves.
But, with this comes the end of our blooming perennial and water gardens, the last of our summer vegetables.
Have your tomato plants started to go?
Oh is truly coming!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

These Guys are Now in Charge

Green Wellies will be CLOSED Sept 5th - Sept 12th.
While we are away these two fine gentlemen have been volunteered to watch over things.
We have it on the best authority that they are very trustworthy.
Herman (the big goldfish) and Essie (his mate) are not quite sure about their ability.
It seems they have brought along a get away car.

"Milkweed" says, don't worry Leela, I will help them!
Have a great week....I certainly will and we will talk when I get back.