Monday, 8 August 2022

Hostas, Hydrangeas, and Hummingbirds

What a relief! We had rain. Finally. There was thunder and lightning nearby, but the storm seemed to skim to the north of us. Even Ottawa had rain. Finally, at bedtime, Josephine came upstairs and said she heard rain. They are with us for the week. More on Gramma Camp tomorrow!


Hydrangea, common names hydrangea or hortensia, is a genus of over 75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan. Most are shrubs 1–3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 m by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.



I transplanted it from another garden that I wasn't going to water. Every year the deer prune it up. I realized that if I let it grow some, the deer will nibble the edges, but won't be able to reach the plants in the background.


The hosta, however, is right there for the taking! One must simply laugh!

I decided to try and grab a better photo of the hummingbird and Tiger Lillies.  
The ribbon outlines the chicken wire, meant to keep the deer out! It rather ruins the composition, but what can I do?!


I couldn't choose just one, I just loved her antics! This, I think, is the best one.

16 comments:

Tom said...

...you have one of the hardiest hydrangea!

Anvilcloud said...

Talk about a cold front. I got up a little after 5. It was 22C. Not much more than an hour later, it was 18C.

You have genuine tiger lilies and not the common daylilies that people tend to call tiger lilies. Actually, I did too until not too many years ago.

Enjoy your week with the kidlets.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Hydrangeas are a bit like Rhododendrons - once rooted it might take an atom bomb to remove them! Lovely shots of the bird and the blooms... YAM xx

Jenn Jilks said...

It's the trimming, Tom, I think! They grazed and pruned it. :-)

Barbara R. said...

Great final photo, calendar worthy!

Olga said...

I do like hydrangeas. I have seen deer in my neighborhood but only just streaking on through. They haven't stopped to nibble anything. We have plenty of chipmunks and rabbits to nibble on any vegtable blossoms though.

E.liza"BETH" said...

i had to tell my mom (she has not been seeing her hummingbirds this year?? still have blooms, but i wonder does it have to do with the heat/humidity?) we have some purple blooms and shade?? makes you wonder??! have a great week. take care. ( ;

RedPat said...

Great hummingbird shots.

Jeanie said...

Those lilies are spectacular. LOVE the orange!

Christine said...

Lovely post with all my favourite things. We could use more rain here

Gaelyn said...

Love the Tiger LIlies! Especially with hummer. Got smart about your planting and yard work letting the deer prune for you. Glad you got some rain.

Elephant's Child said...

Glad you got rain.
We use chicken wire to keep the cockatoos off our spring bulbs. With variable success.
Love the hummingbird shots.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Me and the hummingbird both love your tiger lilies.

William Kendall said...

The storm really blew through. It was a deluge. It's considerably cooler today.

River said...

Love the tiger lilies.

Divers and Sundry said...

I love hydrangeas and tiger lilies. The hummingbirds are putting on quite the show!