Saturday, October 27, 2007
Russelia on log
I planted russelia (Russelia sp) on the piquiá log thinking that it would be a great place to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. To my disappointment, the shade from surrounding trees didn't make for proper flowering and the dryness of summers always set back the growth of the plants. Interesting enough, I see more flowers now than ever before! I took this picture earlier this week, right in the middle of the dry season. I should add, however, that we got an unexpected rain about two weeks ago, which may have saved the day. Nevertheless, I haven't seen any hummingbirds coming in to sup on nectar. I do see them feeding on the hibiscus flowers on 70 yards away. Again, it could be the shade factor.