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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Let Me Tell You 'Bout The Birds and The Bees...

I spent some time in the garden this early evening with my camera. The birds and the bees were very accommodating! (Please click on the pictures to enlarge for detail).

Look on top of the Bloom sign I bought from Donna at Donna's Art Blog. On the right side...see Mrs. Hummingbird? She is a female. The male Ruby Throated Hummingbirds have a red throat. Beneath the sign is the hummingbird feeder.

These sunflowers are the smaller variety. They are in my front courtyard. You will see them in the background in another picture here. See the sweet honey bee gathering his nectar?

This is a new project I just finished. I didn't create this idea. About a year ago I won a giveaway and someone sent me this...only the one I received arrived broken :-(. So I loved the idea sooo much I took the broken one....painted it red and added the red willow cup and blue willow saucer. Then I filled it with birdseed. It could also hold a candle.

See the sunflowers in the background I talked about earlier?

This is another hummingbird feeder in our courtyard. All of our colors in the courtyard, from flowers to feeders to pots are all red, yellow, lavender or blue.

What colors are in your garden?


49 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh I just love those precious little hummingbirds! Your garden looks so pretty. Lets see, I have red, white, pink, blue, yellow and lavender in my garden. It might be easier to name the colors I dont have! Whatever I like I just throw it in and it all seems to work out just fine.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Penny, Sadly, I have no sunflowers because the deer eat them all up. Last year I planted a huge plot of them and even though I had put "deer stay away stuff" around the new seedlings the deer ate them all up. Believe it or not I just finally got Bobby G. to plow me up my annual spot for the zinnias 2 weeks ago. The little seeds are up and flourishing. Amazing because of no rain. I might get some zinnias to bring in the house in October...lol...

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Penny, I just love your garden pictures. The yellow sunflowers are beautiful. I planted the Giant Sun Flowers this year but the squirrels ate all the little plants. This is my first year without a sunflower! It really makes me mad because I dry the sunflowers for birdfeed for the following year! I like your teacup birdfeeder and your little Mrs hummingbird. They usually won't sit still for me to take a picture!
Love, Ann

Jeanne said...

Penny, it is early and all are sleeping. Mmmmm nice to have some quiet for a few minutes. Your courtyard photos are wonderful. I enjoyed your post so much this morning. Your colors are so lovely. I'm all perked up and ready for a cup of coffee. Oh, and your music is perfect for your post. I have lavender going on in my flower choices. The lavender and white wedding is tomorrow. The reception is in my home. Only around thirty family members. Hope all goes well.

Take care, Jeanne

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Oh Penny, your garden pictures are wonderful! My hummingbirds never sit as long as I have a camera in my hand!!

I try for pink, orange , and yellow as the main colors, but, too many thing catch my eye and it becomes a very mixed cottage garden :-)

((hugs)) Rosie

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love your humming bird feeder and all the color in your garden it looks so pretty. OH I love your music too.
Have a great day,
ginger

Carey said...

You garden is pretty. Those are my faovroite colors. My garden consists of yellows, whites, and purples. Ive got lavender, sunflowers(which i posted about), shasta daisies, and white merigolds(although these are not doing well).

Debi said...

Hi Penny,
Your garden is so beautiful! I have so much going on, the English Garden thing, with everyting and anything!! Now you have inspired me to go take pictures :-)Love your teacup and Hummingbird feeders!
Hugs,
Debi

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Penny,

I'm finally done with my school work so I am catching up! Your garden is so pretty and I love your teacup bird feeder! I have just got to make one of those :)

Hugs,
Dena

bj said...

What a pretty garden and such lovely photos. I love that cup feeder...

Shelia said...

Hi Penny and I just loved the tour of your garden this morning. What a gorgeous little humming bird, I'm just fascinated by them. And that sunflower! I always think of Italy when I see these!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Beverly said...

Penny, you have done so much, and everything is magical. I love all of your flowers, and the color combinations are stunning.

We have a lot of yellow, pink and white in our gardens - big surprise. But, we have a nice mix of different colors in our rose garden.

I love the little bird feeder.

Classic Charm said...

Penny,
First of all I am enjoying the music and how it matches your post - ha you are so clever and full of life! I LOVE all of your garden treasures. What a fun visit this morning!
Hugs,
Rose

Marina Capano said...

Hi PENNY! well, your garden is wonderful, but in my country is winter, at the moment in my garden the color is white. I have violetas de los alpes and white roses.
I hope the spring in september, I love SPRING and its colors are awesome in the garden!

always I love your blog, is so cute.
regards
Marina From Argentina (in the end the world and fantastic and such a cute country ;) ha!
visit me anytime

Brenda said...

I love the bird and the up feeder. I haven't seen many humming birds here yet.
I have alot of red,white and blue in my yard at this time.

Lisa said...

What a lovely garden. Your hummingbirds have to be the luckiest hummingbirds ever to dine in such an elegant dish-lol.

Enjoy your weekend.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Love that little teacup feeder, Penny! You do have a magical garden, I love every inch!!!

xoxo

Lib said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
Have agreat wk.end!
Blessins',Lib

Jillian said...

Just love the bird feeder idea! It's like the ladies version ...

Pretty!

Jillian

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Penny!! Gorgeous garden pics!! I have a teacup bird feeder too and I love it! I will have to put that on my blog now :)

Hugs,
Amy

Melanie said...

Hia Penny how lovely that you have humming birds! They just wouldn't survive our climate sadly. We feed butterflies by soaking sponges in sugared water. The butterflies land on the sponge and are able to feed. Would that in a cup like your feed cup idea work?

My garden is pinks and purples mainly round the back and yellows and oranges round the front apart from the lavender hedge. Our house is a pale yellow hence the colour of flowers to the front.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Your lady hummingbird is so precious sitting there owning that hummingbird feeder. Are your hummingbirds territorial too? Ours fight over every bloom and blossom! That's why I have a lot of bright red and pink blossoms for them so there's less fighting.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Meggie said...

Your garden is so lovely, Penny! I'm afraid mine isn't as organized to include only certain colors. I try to concentrate on salmon and purple but that's not what necessarily blooms forth. I can't decline a sale....even when it's not within the color scheme. Enter in the hodge podge effect. Oh well...color is what I aim for...

Melanie said...

Sorry me again Penny- just nominated you for a "you make me smile" award. Pic is on my side bar.

Congratulations!

Catherine Holman said...

Great cup and saucer bird feeder!
Hugs,
Cathie

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

After reading this, I'm thinking that I don't have enough color!

Pat said...

Your garden is very pretty Penny! I wish we would get hummingbirds here -- I love them!

I like those smaller sunflowers --so bright and cheery!

I have multi color impatiens flowers growing in my garden -- shades of red, white, purple,pink,fuschia.

Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Pat

Linda said...

I just love your sweet hummer..they are so precious and entertaing. Cute, cute bird feeder...have a nice weekend. Hugs, Linda

Tutti Chic said...

Penny~What beautiful photos! I LOVE the teacup bird feeder! Just adorable! So happy you had a wonderful time with company & that you are back to having time for you~xo chris

PAT said...

Your photos are delightful, Penny. I'd love to have one of those cup and saucer feeders. They are so cute!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Pat

Nance said...

you have a very nice garden, penny. my garden is sort of catch-all ...

oh, we should have a virtual garden party!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Penny; love your photos and your garden and what a lovely bird feeder tea cup. I have lavender, yellow, purple, white and some blue flowers in my garden. hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs;
Alaura

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Penny,
Please stop by my blog....I have something special for you...
Hugs,
Mo :-)

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

This is a great post. Your pictures are so pretty. It is so nice that the birds and bees were nice enough to let you photograph them!
denise

SilverBell Cottage said...

Aw..your post just cheers me up instantly. :) Hope you are having a good weekend, Penny. Love the little colorful feeders. You are so creative.
Hugs ~Alexandra

Barb said...

Hi Penny,

Stunning photo's as usual! The cup and saucer for birdseed is precious. Thank you for sharing your lovely pics.

Take good care,
Barb

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a gorgeous hummingbird and your garden jewelry is sensational. I love the cup and saucer for a bird feeder.

Have a lovely weekend.

Blessings, Karen

Rebecca Ramsey said...

what a wonderful idea for chipped or broken china! Bird feeders!
Your garden is lovely!
Becky

Brenda Kula said...

I have lots of yellows, reds and cobalt blues. And of course the greens! Love sunflowers. My gardens are drooping in this heat! But then, so am I!
Brenda

JoJo said...

Penny, I tried the cup and the bird seed but it ended up being a squirrel feeder! We moved the cup (empty of course) beside a bench where it looked like a reminder for tea time. I made a mistake in leaving the cup an saucer out over winter so we had some chipped porcelain but I loved having "tea" in the garden.

celestina marie said...

Hi Penny, you got some incredible shots and your cup and saucer feeder is just wonderful. My garden colors are coral, red, pink, yellow, white, purple and of course all shades of green!
Enjoyed your garden pics.
Have a great weekend.
Blessings, Celestina
la rea rose

Katherinellen said...

Penny,
Gorgeous Shots of birds,and garden. I love the tea cup feeder....My grden is yellow, white,and purple lillies, pink,red,white,lavender,hot pink Roses. One bird feeder,and two hummingrird feeders...two birdhouse. You have a wonderful weekends... :D

Linda said...

Hi Penny,
Sorry it's been a while since my last visit things have been a bit hectic here of late. Loooove all the wonderful bright colours in your garden. I'll be back again soon.
Cheers Linda

Sandy said...

Oh I love those feeders!! What a great idea with the cup and saucer.

LW said...

I love the bird feeders and you have Sunflowers already...

I didn't plant any sunflowers this year. It is the first year I missed in 20 years...
so I really enjoyed your pictures...

Louise

Hanneles paradis said...

Snyggt.

Catherine said...

Very pretty captures Penny of the hummer,& bee enjoying the sunflower! I started two small varieties in my greenhouse this spring..a lemon chifon, and one called Jade~I LOVE!~The deer loved them also~:(

I just saw a tea cup bird feeder at Cherry Hill Cottage~and thought how adorable, and I have to make me one!! Love yours~I'm a big blue willow collector!

That is a really pretty humming bird feeder in the last picture!

Lots of colors in my garden Penny~lots~n~lots of Blue too! :)
Cat

Joy said...

I just bought one of those little teacup birdfeeders at an antique store. I love it but the birds aren't that hungry yet I guess because they aren't eating out of it.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love all the color you have in your garden! I especially love the cup on a post as I have something in the same style, but the colors on your's is just wonderful!

Also love that toile ironing board cover. What a great idea!

Kady