Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hummingbirds and the Black & Blue Salvia

The Black & Blue Salvia in the mudroom bed once again survived our Winter. For the second year in a row, the two plants of this tender perennial came back in the Spring and have been growing non-stop since then. The plants have grown together and are now easily 5' X 4'. They certainly are the centerpiece of the flower bed!

The plants has been covered with spikes of dark blue flowers for the past two months. While the blooms are lovely to look at, the hummingbirds love them even more than we humans do.

There always seems to be two or three hummingbirds flying around the plants. They are constantly fighting with each other and darting in and out of the area.

But when they aren't fighting with each other, they love to sip nectar from the long, tubular shaped flowers.

They can also be found resting among the plants, perched on  a stem....

or sitting on a flower pod.

We love our hummingbirds here and are happy to furnish them with plants that provide them with both food and shelter.


Beth said...

Nice hummer pictures!

Mindy said...

Oh my gosh, how awesome are those pictures?!
My black and blue overwintered for the second year as well. It's just now startin' to do its thing.
Hopefully it will make through a third year. I just love it.