Saturday, August 11, 2012

Winning Combination Part 1

Verdin love with The Tangerine Beauty Crossvine
Today I begin my 3 part series about plants and the critters they attract.  Working with the El Presidio gardens has been a lot of fun as it continues to develop.  One of our guests that lives here on the property is the Verdin. 
I began to notice the tiny bird this past year as it found its way back to our property.  The birds then began to nest in nearby trees and drink from our hummingbird feeders.  Similiar to hummingbird needs, the Verdin loves sweet tubular flowers like this colorful Tangerine Beauty Crossvine.  An easy vine to grow and it does require some regular watering and lots of sun to create these marvelous bursts of color.
I was outside walking around the gardens when this little guy landed on one of the flowers.  It shows how small this bird is compared to the tubular flower.  I'm so glad I had the camera on me so that you can see the sizes of both the bird and flower.
When I place a plant into the garden, I always think about how it will add(beyond shade) to our landscape.  Questions I ask myself, "Will it add color?"  "Will it add vertical dimension to the garden?" "Will it attract wildlife?"  "Is it edible for humans or wildlife?"  "How much lighting and water will the plant take?" etc etc.  While it may seem like a lot of work and research, it's worth all the effort in the long run.  When the puzzle pieces start coming together, a masterpiece is created for all to enjoy.  More tomorrow...

25 comments:

  1. Never seen a Verdin. They sure are tiny. You're captures are excellent.

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  2. Such beautiful colours in your images. The Verdin is a tiny fellow isn't he.

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  3. Beaituful bird and wonderful flowers, I love 'em.

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  4. What a wonderful combination! Bird and flower put together perfectly. They're just lovely! Great shots too!

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  5. A competition winner....great image.

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  6. The Verdin is a beautiful bird, I hope to see it myself someday. Your flowers are gorgeous. The Tangerine Beauty is my favorite. I also choose plants to attract wildlife and for the colors. Lovely post, have a great weekend.

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  7. °º♡
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    Muito lindo!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
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  8. What a tiny fella- great captures!

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  9. What a beautiful tiny bird Chris - so glad you managed to capture it next to the flower to show its size. Its wonderful when the items you plant to attract wildlife or for their colour etc. fulfill their promise. So pleased you have attracted such lovely little birds back to your property :)

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  10. I was over to a friends house yesterday morning and she showed me a tree that parakeets have claimed and have had nests for a few years. I was amazed that they fly wild here. They probably escaped from somewhere and have adapted.

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  11. We're all so busy these days that planting some fragile hybrid has little interest for me. The climate is all over the place and I go for the hardy, native, (mostly) pest resistant varieties that tend to attract a ton of insects and birds. Your posts make me feel like the work you're doing in your gardens is creating an oasis of paradise for humans and animals alike :)

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  12. Nice shot of the bird and flower. I do agree that researching and questioning yourself before growing a plant is important in the long run.

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  13. I love your bird/flower shots. They are all so beautiful!

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  14. those birds MUST be tiny! lovely that they have found great food sources and shelter at your place!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful captures! Great job.

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  16. Holaaa!!!.. Qué bonitas estas imágenes de pajarillos en hermosas flores.. Muy bellas las composiciones.. Un cordial saludo desde la calurosa España..

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  17. Your plant selection and research seems to have paid off handsomely Chris :-)

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  18. Beautiful! I love the little Verdins. I call all my little birds like this "pippy" birds because of the sounds they make.

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  19. Verdins are really photogenic birds, definitely one of my favorite desert dwellers too. Nice shots Chris.

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  20. What wonderful colors on the bird and the flower. Great photos.

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  21. Yes, I'm the same way with my plants and those questions. I have so little space in my garden for new plants that I almost have to interview them! I ask what they can do for my garden and yes, they certainly get extra points for attracting wildlife and also being a native plant. David/:0)

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  22. Wonderful idea to take the shot of the beautiful, very small little Verdin next to the flower for perspective Chris. He is a little darling. You really have put a lot of research and effort into your garden, you are already starting to reap the benefits oui!

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  23. Oh, I love those little birds. By the way, love is all you need, so they say. I didn't marry for money, but I am rich still! Because of my husband and nice people like you. However, it doesn't put food in the cupboards. :-) So I work...when I can...and I am kind of excited about starting a real "go to work" job tomorrow as opposed to the "we'll call you when we need you" type of job. Maybe I can start looking forward to Friday! For awhile anyway because I don't know how long it will last. But I do think I would rather be poor and in love then rich and alone.

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  24. What a pretty little bird! I don't believe we have those here.

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  25. That bird on the flower tells it all... tiny cute little thing... oh so pretty!

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