Honeysuckle is my way of thanking the hummingbirds who visit our little backyard.
They provide so much entertainment for us that back in May, I bought three more Major Wheeler honeysuckle vines for them.
We planted one at the base of the arbor by our backyard gate.
We planted the other two on the front posts of our swingset deck sitting area.
One of the vines was planted on a post right next to the honeysuckle vine that is already growing on our homemade obelisk.
We're hoping that in a few years' time, the honeysuckle vines will grow up the front posts and then start traveling across the old monkey bars!
Of course they also love their feeders, so I always make sure we have fresh sugar water for them. This single feeder hangs from the swingset.
Our oppressive (hot AND muggy) weather has broken and it's been glorious - mid 70's and dry, so I really enjoyed my time in the back yard after supper tonight. And while sitting on the swingset deck I was able to catch videos of both the male and female hummers at the honeysuckle vine (within minutes of each other)...
(You can really see his ruby red throat at the 32 second mark!)
I know I've shared this in the past, but here's a quick way to make sugar water for your hummingbird feeders. It cools down in a fraction of the time that it takes the normal recipe to cool off!
Quick Hummer Solution: Put 1 cup water in saucepan. Put 1 cup sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. As soon as it starts to boil turn off the burner. Add 3 cups very cold water to the sugar solution and stir. And that's it! Now it will still need to cool down before you fill your feeders (I always check it with my finger to make sure it has cooled enough), but it's just ready so much quicker than boiling the entire 4 parts of water and then having to wait for all 4 parts of water to cool!
I'm linking to Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home this week.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!