Sunday, August 22, 2010

I grew these by accident.

I didn't plant any evening primrose here. I just failed to do any weeding for two years.

Oenothera biennis at its best. These must be seven feet tall. Perhaps with some selective weeding I could turn this into a perpetual primrose bed, with a few shorter plants in front to hide those scrawny legs.

I really didn't know how amazing these flowers are until a morning last week when I woke up at the crack of dawn, and couldn't get back to sleep. I was too cranky to do yard work, so I stumbled outside with my cup of placebo decaf to water my potted plants with liquid sulk.

First I noticed the smell. Evening primrose on a cool morning smell spectacular! I don't normally notice smells. There were all sorts of pollinators rolling around in the primrose blossoms, and now that I have experienced that beautiful smell, I think I can safely say that those bugs are downright drunk with the aroma.

A pair of goldfinches paid a visit, too. I thought they only ate the seeds, so I'm not sure what they were doing on an evening primrose this early in the season. Scouting, perhaps?

And then I saw something zip by.

Hot damn! Hummers!

I grabbed the camera and got cozy on the bench. Sure enough, they went about their business as I snapped away.

Stay tuned for Battle Hummingbird. . .


Laurrie said...

Your accidental oenethera knew they belonged in your garden, and they made a place for themselves. They knew you'd love their scent and the hummer visitors. Great shot of the hummingbird in flight!

Michelle said...

Thanks Laurrie-with-two-r's! :)

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