My new acquaintance Michelle of Jockey Hill Nursery – grower of, among other things, fabulous hardy fuchsias and cool grasses – recently taught me that the flowers of the Fatsia japonica sustains hummingbirds during the cold months. Ever since then, I’ve been on the look-out… So, this morning, as I ventured outside with my camera, I saw it! What better way to kick off the first original post on my new blog Flutter & Hum than with a shot of a hummingbird drinking its fill from a Fatsia blossom. I was so excited, I obviously could barely keep my hands steady.
Other than that, and the vanilla-scented flowers of the Great Southern Magnolia and the fuchsias which are still going strong, there isn’t a whole lot of flowering interest in the garden right now. But a new acquisition from Far Reaches Farm this past September nearly knocked me silly with its completely unexpected development. When I first saw it, the berries were bronze colored. The plant was on display at the Heronswood Plant Sale, which happened to coincide with a nursery tour of the Kitsap Peninsula a gang of us Garden Bloggers were in the midst of enjoying. Heronswood was one of the first stops of our day and, although terribly intrigued by the berries, I decided to do the rounds before committing my limited funds to the bronzy beauty. When I finally came back around, the plant was gone! This indecisive mistake hounded me gravely so when I later, at the end of our day, tripped over another one at Far Reaches Farm, I grabbed it immediately.
Fast forward to the hard frost we had a couple of weeks ago. As I walked around the yard to survey potential damage, I was met by these amazing red berries. The frost had transformed them from bronze to red! Such a fun surprise!
The plant in question is a Polygonatum verticillatum. I’m so excited, I hope it not only survives, but multiplies! To see what else is blooming around the world, head on over to our gracious hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens.