Post last updated: September 25th, 2018
We gardeners like to be with each other. We join garden clubs locally and online, write or follow blogs, join seed swaps and talk shop on Facebook. What we don’t think about in our interactions with each other is how much we influence one another.
The other day I was in a small-box discount chain store to buy dirt, the only item on my shopping agenda. Until I made the mistake of wandering back to the garden section. Don’t laugh at me. You all do it.
I was standing there in the garden section, innocent as can be, looking at garden goodies I was convinced I could live without, when a cute little red, yellow and glass hummingbird feeder took a flying leap off the shelf right into my hands. Unbelievably, that hummingbird feeder went through the check-out line with me and walked right out to my car. I leaned forward to start the car and muttered in disbelief.
“I can’t believe I just bought a hummingbird feeder. I hate hummingbirds.”
It must have been that gardener-to-gardener influence. Oh be quiet! I can hear you screeching, “How can she hate hummingbirds?” It’s easy. They look like INSECTS. Some insects fascinate me. Humming-insects don’t. I never see the brightly colored ones that show up in magazine photos. Nosireebob. My humming-insects are brown, bronze or dark gold and flap their wings so fast and so hard that I think it’s a Large Bug about to fly in my face. I don’t like bugs in my face.
I chose to install the feeder on my front porch post where it adds a nice pop of color. It was installed a week ago. In that time, I haven’t seen a single humming-insect nor any reduction in the amount of sugar water. This is good. I’ve got the cute little feeder without the humming-insects.