Hummers and Bummers

The Good News:  Hot weather brings hummingbirds!

Not to sound like Cliff Clavin but did you know that a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute? That it weighs as much as a penny?  That they also eat small bugs?

It’s also a little known fact that a hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.  Yep.  Pretty amazing little birds.

Hummer abode

This is a hummingbird house.  I had never heard of them before.  The cute little old man who sold me this told me his hummingbirds fight to build a nest in this house.  So far, my birds have not given it a second look.  But I liked the looks of it and he was so darn cute.

I can also use it as a Christmas ornament so all is well.


The Bad News:  The grasshoppers are still abundant and have invited friends and family to join them.

Bronze fennel before grasshoppers                                      Bronze fennel after grasshoppers



Peach tree before grasshoppers                                            Peach tree after grasshoppers



As my friend says, “It is what it is”.  I can’t undo the damage or control the elements.  I won’t starve.  My children won’t starve.  Everything will be fine…eventually.






I do feel better knowing that, in my presence, I have a fearless ally.  The protector of the crops. The guardian of the veggies. The defender of all things edible.



Magnum P.I.

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to Hummers and Bummers

  1. Jordi says:

    Welcome to Blotanical

    Un Saludo


  2. Reed Pugh says:

    Holy smokes, biblical stories come to mind with the grasshoppers.


  3. I am counting my blessings that we don’t have grasshoppers here. On the other hand, we haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet either.


  4. Barbara says:

    At least you still have your sense of humor. Love it. 🙂


  5. Holleygarden says:

    Love that little hummingbird abode! If he sells those over the web, I would love to know. The grasshoppers have really done a lot of damage to your garden! Yikes! Magnum PI is not doing a good job of running off the bad guys! 😉


    • I got the hummingbird house at a local craft fair but go to That’s the guy I got it from.
      there is a phone number at the bottom of the page and you can give them a call. they are in Mountain View, Arkansas.
      Their might even be a picture of him. And yes, Magnum PI is not much help–he’s just the comic relief around here.


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  7. yes, the plague of locusts is upon us and a drought. It is kinda biblical. Yikes! Love the hummer pix. how did you get them so clear? I am just using a point and shoot camera now instead of the 35mm w/ all of my different lenses and filters etc.


  8. Lynn, I just get lucky with the pics. I have a Canon PowerShot SX 30 IS. It is basically a point and shoot but also has manual features that I have yet to figure out. I also have a larger 35mm with all the bells and whistles, but it takes me forever to make all the adjustments. I think your pics are very good, too. If you are using a small point and shoot camera, it does a great job. And your flowers are gorgeous despite the heat and drought. I’m jealous!


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  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    If there’s a plague, it starts raining frogs, or the rivers run red with blood, I’d start worrying. In the meantime, think of the fun stories you can tell your grandchildren someday.


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