The Birds and the Bees

 

Like mini Viking trolls, these skinny  guys with blond beards and orangey-red helmets are the sentinels guarding my veggie garden.014The reddish helmets are loaded in something the birds and the bees find irresistible. I have no idea what it is inside those round petals, but it seems to make for good slurping.

What’s keeping this hummingbird from having his breakfast smoothie?

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Should I risk it?

Maybe it’s the little fellow who is already at the breakfast table that is giving our hummer pause.

017aA gaggle of curious redheads leans out of bed, trying to see what’s happening around the corner.

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“Do you see anything?’ “Well, maybe I could if you’d get your big head out of my way.”

But cooler heads will prevail.

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“Stay in your bed, Dah-lings. I’ll be the judge of who has the right-of-way – the bee or the hummingbird.”

How hungry is he? Will he risk being stung? Or maybe he’s not worried at all, since he’s pretty fast and so much bigger than the bee. Oh look! I think he’s going for it.

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Looks like it was worth the wait.

 

 

29 thoughts on “The Birds and the Bees

  1. Your photos are beautiful, Anneli! You captured the hummingbirds and the bees perfectly! Those fire pokers look stunning. Love this post! You are quite the story teller. 🙂

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  2. Our red hot pokers are a feast for our feathered and furry friends; the garden is a feast for our eyes. Appreciate your imaginative insight and humour . Your blog delights.

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    • They’re almost finished. When they’re first in full bloom the red and yellow petals reach farther down the stalk. You can see the part that has gone brown. That used to be part of the bloom.

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    • Thanks, Suzanne. I was trying to do my weeding but the hummingbird kept coming over to where I was working (by the red hot pokers). Every time I went to get the camera he would take off for a while and as soon as I put the camera away he’d come back. Finally I gave up on the weeding to wait with the camera. (OH – did you think I should have given up on the camera and kept on weeding?) Ha ha. No….
      Any excuse works for me.

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    • From Wikipedia: Kniphofia, also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa.

      We call them red hot pokers. Their leaves are like succulents, what you’d expect to find on an aloe vera or that type of plant. And yes, they look like they belong in Arizona.

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  3. Your photos are beautiful but the sentinel flowers watching over your garden are gorgeous!
    I missed this precious post, Anneli. I love the idea of a busy, “hyper” hummingbird waiting for her turn, “Dahlin’ ” 🙂

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