Howling


I'm sitting looking out the window watching the wind bend the cypress in half.  A few birds are trying to fly, but they are being whipped around and cannot control their direction.  Pots are crashing and hanging baskets are swinging and thumping against the house.  A howler of a wind.  

Mrs. Hummer continues stoic on her nest, which is, at least, on the most protected side of the house.  
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Garden work is cancelled for the day.
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The first flower on Magnolia stellata opened Friday.  I bought the little tree/shrub late last spring at 70% off--one of those moments where the plant clearly howls for help, and you answer in spite of yourself.  M. stellata is not common around here.  The flower is probably torn off by the wind by now, but Friday as it opened and I photographed it, the sweet Magnolia perfume brushed my nostrils in what was surely a "thank you" for saving it from the landfill. 
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  1. There's an art to telling a story with pictures, and you certainly have the knack for it. Thanks for taking the time to share your garden with such great photo's. The hummingbird's progress is fascinating to watch, too. Thanks, and happy gardening.

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    1. You are very kind, Briar. Thank you, and happy gardening back atcha!

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  2. As soon as I saw the title of your post, I was worried about your hummingbird. I'm glad she sited her nest well. We got wind but nothing akin to what you describe yet it's dry, dry, dry. Hard to believe that we may actually get rain within a couple of days but my fingers are crossed.

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    1. She was there this afternoon, after the wind subsided--so far, so good. At least she doesn't have to worry about the food supply. Doesn't sound like much rain will fall, but every drop helps. At least when it is overcast, there is less evaporation.

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  3. It may be about the strong and howling wind outside but there is a certain sense of calmness in the way you write about it :)

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    1. I've learned to accept it--getting upset doesn't make it stop blowing.

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  4. Now there's an idea: fill the garden with plants so grateful to have been rescues that they bloom their little hearts out.

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    1. The flower is so pretty, and the fragrance so sweet, I'm the one who is grateful.

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  5. It is lovely that you saved the magnolia and it has thanked you with this beautiful bloom, some plants do clearly cry out for help, I cannot resist, many of my plants are 'rescues'.
    The wind can be very destructive, I hope the little birds find shelter and Mrs Hummer will be safe. I think we have all become so entranced by your daily news of Mrs Hummer and her waiting eggs and we wait in anticipation to see her chicks emerge safely.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. As the wind faded late this afternoon she was on her nest and seemed fine. Another Agave is about to open flowers, so the food supply remains plentiful, and is about to get even closer to the nest, , so we continue to hope for her success.

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