It's my hummingbird indicator. If it's in bloom, it's time to put out the hummingbird feeders. This year, of course, the blooms were later than usual. Should I put out the hummingbird feeders anyway? I wondered. I hoped the little guys hadn't come through before the crossvine started blooming. I hadn't seen any, but there were reports of hummingbird sightings in Texas. They were beginning to migrate!
Then this past weekend, it happened. My husband came in from the garage and told me I needed to put the hummingbird feeders out - NOW! He had been buzzed by one!
We have cats. We are used to being bossed around by the animals we feed. The hummingbirds are no different. They are a demanding bunch. If there is no food out, they will get out attention somehow to let us know.
I might as well be in some play about a carnivorous plant!
As I began to hang up the feeders for our little
tyrants guests, I noticed it. The crossvine was just starting to bloom.
Right on time.
If you want to know more about crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), or want to see what this one looks like in full bloom, click HERE.