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A loquat tree with cages of cotton hanging about

Native Garden Tour- Part 2: The coolest thing ever

Plants are interesting. Birds are interesting. Put them together and you get a Xerces Society Certified Pollinator Habitat. Last week on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, we started off with a jaw dropping experience in Beverly Hills that was worthy of its own blog post. It was the coolest thing ever.

For those who missed the first installment of this tour, read up and come back. Okay, now onward. The first stop on the tour lent mystery before we even entered the garden. At the front door we was this:

A sophisticated cat ramp led to the roof.
A sophisticated cat ramp led to the roof.

Leading up from an open bathroom window was a ramp enclosed in chicken wire. Oh, how sweet. The homeowners must have wanted to protect their cat from wild animals but allow them to wander on the roof.

It continued into the back yard as well:

Interesting juxtaposition of cat ramp and bird feeders. Hmmm...
Interesting juxtaposition of cat ramp and bird feeders. Hmmm…

It didn’t take long to realize that the protection wasn’t for the cat. It was for the birds. Behold the majesty of this hummingbird oasis:

More than 10 hummingbird feeders hung in clusters around the yard.
More than 10 hummingbird feeders hung in clusters around the yard.

Instantly we were overcome with wonder at the flurry of activity around these bird feeders. Hummingbirds by the dozens flocked to each feeder, completely unfettered by the fact that humans were standing only feet (or inches) away.

Hummingbirds happily stopping for a drink.
Hummingbirds happily stopping for a drink.

The garden lead down a hillside and along the way were other treats for the birds.

A loquat tree with cages of cotton hanging about
A loquat tree with cages of cotton hanging about
Decorative yet functional
Decorative yet functional

The birds pull out tufts of batting to make their nests. Nearby we caught one outside its home (another provided feature by the homeowner):

Tucked into shrubs along the stairs down the slope were cute little bird houses.
Tucked into shrubs along the stairs down the slope were cute little bird houses.

But the delight of the entire visit was standing amidst the bird feeders and being buzzed by the hummingbirds as they whizzed by (and between) us. They were definitely in charge here. Check them out in action in these two videos:



Doesn’t that make you want to hang a feeder, or 10?

Hey gardenerds, what’s your favorite way to support wildlife in your garden? Post your thoughts here.

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