We have an early spring this February with our warm Southern California weather. I’ve been keeping track of what our resident hummingbird – the Anna’s Hummingbird – is taking nectar from in our reconverted lawn, now mostly California natives. The insect life is also rich – which in turn attracts the hummingbirds and other winged life. Seems photos will speak best, so here are a few from the last couple months.
Like the one year log of plants that fed our many bees - both the European honeybee and our native bees – I’m going to keep a 12 month log for our hummingbirds. We opted to not have hummingbird feeders at our Redlands CA home, and instead provide a variety of nectar and insect-friendly plants.
You’ll see a lot of Dark Star Ceanothus below, which is one of the first ceanothus (also called wild lilac) to bloom. There’s much talk about Dark Star not doing well, but of the four we planted here in inland California, three survived, with two of them 4-5 feet tall and wide five years later. Many other varieties can provide later blooms and varying colors.