For me it started when I was 16 years old ( around that time??) I was into photography and my dad bought me a camera for Christmas. I have loved animals since I was 10, so whats a girl to do with a camera ? of course take pictures of animals lol. I would take pictures of my dogs , and wanted to take pictures of wild birds in my area. Before this interested happened I have saved a hummingbird, I found the poor little guy on the floor in someone's driveway while I was walking my dog. I like most animals But hate most birds ( I only like a few types usually the ones you can't have for pets ) hummingbirds are probably one of my favorites and while I was learning to take pictures I saw many websites with nice pictures of hummingbirds. I wanted to take similar pictures of hummingbirds. I had no garden at the time so I searched the net for what plants attract hummers. I looked at the list of plants hummers liked and when to my local nursery and started to buy seeds. I bought morning glories ( which where all ready my favorite flower back then) , Zennia, columbine ( which never grew for me ), delphinium , and lupine. I then saw you could not buy Fuchsias as seeds so I went and bought a few types from home depot and local nursery. I bought bird feeders and hummer feeders also.
After I got all of the stuff and my garden was growing I had many hummers come to my garden ! I was so happy and pleased , I would just sit out there and wait for hours to see these little guys. I did not have my camera with me most of the time because I wanted the hummers to get used to me first. As I watched the hummers I noticed they only likes a few flowers ( fuchsia, zennia, lupine) the rest of the flowers where pretty much ignored. I witness a hummers getting nectar from my morning glories ONLY ONE TIME lol. So I went on the net again and looked at more info on hummers. I saw a plant called hibiscus and did not know what there at the time by name ( I had neighbors with them they where just flowers to me
) I then saw pictures and said OOO they like Hawaiian flowers
So I searched the net for hibiscus and found a website called http://www.trop-hibiscus.com/
When I saw all of the pictures I fell in love !
I then searched exotic hibiscus and found Charlies website ! I was going crazy looking at all the beautiful flowers. I was 16 and had no money or bank account. I showed my mother and she was like OMG they are so pretty. I read like every page on Charlies website and saw that his plants where sold through Armstrong nursery ! My mom and I went to so many Armstrong nurseries looking for these hibiscus and finally found some! I think the first cv we bought was the path and Jazz. Every week we would go looking for more and I ended up with lookithat , christmas frost , lavender ice , amethyst heart, and two more I can't remember right now.
I also then inherited my grandmother roses , she had striped and different types of roses ! we would buy her new cv's when we found out roses came in cv's ( before the hibiscus stuff happened) So I had roses , hibiscus , zennia, fuchsias, and morning glories. After all of this hibiscus crazy I went through can you believe only one hummer took interested in jazz lol. I soon found out that hummers see in UV vision or near UV vision. Most of the hibiscus cv's where not red or hot pink jazz has a nice hot pink ring around the center. All the other species of flowers I had where hot pinks, fuchsia , reds, hot orange colors my morning glories where light pale blue
I kind of slowed down on buying more hibiscus because winter was coming and I was running out of room. I tried taking pictures of the hummers but these guys are super nosy ! They would look at my camera and looked at it like " what is that thing " Every time they would do this so I had to sit out there with camera until they got used to it ( which was not really working lol)
After all of this work getting hummers to my garden this is the only picture I got
I still laugh till this day that this was the only picture I could get !
I then moved into apt and had to give my plants away
I bought gator pride , and monsteratt a few years later after we have been living in this apt now they both died because I bought them in the fall and the there was no light on the balcony then. I assumed that no light hits are balcony for years until I noticed it only hits balcony in spring to the end of fall. And this is why I have a new collection now ! I have to buy t5's soon to keep them alive in the winter !
But back to the hummers as I am typing this one just came to visit my flowers ( wild dream bloomed ) . Since everything is blooming I have a hummer visit everyday I don't know what species but it looks like a male cantaloupe hummer. I hear him at 6 am looking for flowers then he comes back when the sun is about to go down. I doubt I could get a picture of him I scare him a few times on accident. I heard him one time and I opened my curtains and he got surprised and another time I opened my sliding door and he just stared at me like what are you doing lol
PS sorry for the long story !