You’ll be seeing more of my backyard during these stay at home orders; and fortunately there’s always something new with the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees!
I’m especially thankful for the hummingbirds that call my garden home. I love to watch them from the garden shed as they drop by to feed.
I like to think they don’t see me but these glances tell me otherwise.
Still, I think we trust each other. I keep the feeders full and the water flowing – they let me take their picture.
Today I watched as one darted from branch to branch of the Douglas Fir tree, enjoying the fresh new growth of the needles. I saw the bees doing the same thing and wondered – do they think they’re flowers?
My research tells me that in fact, these tender needles are edible and full of Vitamin C – just as advertised by Euell Gibbons. 😊 ‘Ever eat a pine tree? – many parts are edible!’
I didn’t try them but am told they taste like citrus. And I couldn’t find a definitive answer as to what the hummingbirds were after. Moisture? Insects? Sap? Or could they possibly eat the tender tips like we can? I don’t know and they’re not talking.
But I do know what they’re after in the stream.
A dip and a splash and a drink.