Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Pot of Geraniums

(this photo from Sunny Side of the Porch)
Today I'm Featuring two Bloggers I know you will enjoy visiting:
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Sunny Side of the Sun Porch, here
see additional red/geranium tablescape photos in her older post, here http://sunnysideofthesunporch.blogspot.com/2010/06/geraniums.html
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and NanniePannie's Blog, here,
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I was visiting over at NanniePannie's and her recent post reminded me of a favorite short story from my childhood about the Geranium.
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I was so very happy to find the story posted at Geraniums Online and just had to share it with you. Click here to read http://www.geraniumsonline.com/culture7.htm

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Hummingbirds are Back !!!

I've come to realize that the first part of May is when the hummingbirds return for the summer. They hover and look in my kitchen window as if to say "I'm back, where's the feeder". I hadn't seen any yet this year, but last week I made some nectar and hung the feeder out my kitchen window, and as I was doing so I noticed a ruby throated hummingbird patiently waiting on a nearby tree branch.
My Nectar Recipe is as follows:
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 cups water
Boil for 2 minutes in saucepan on stovetop. Cool.
You may refrigerate extra until you need to refill the feeder.
Dying the nectar is NOT necessary. Hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the color red and most feeders are red I assume for this reason. But I know of no health benefits for the birds to ingest food dyes.
It's such a treat to see two or three buzzing about my feeder.
I recently was directed to this site and just had to share it with you.
Hope you enjoy!
Hugs,