I’m throwing my variegated Fatsia japonica in with blogger pal Loree ‘s monthly meme of My Favorite Plant. It almost feels silly to designate it specifically as October’s fave. Truth is, I love it all the time. But because it’s about to burst into bloom, and because I know how much the hummingbirds love it when it does, it will earn the distinction of being this months favorite. In fact, as I was photographing it, an Anna’s male zoomed in to see if the flowers were open yet. I don’t think he found what he was looking for, as he was gone as quickly as he appeared. Or maybe my big, black, clicking apparatus scared him off. I waited a long time for him to return, to no avail, so you will get no hummingbird photos today. I will try again as the flowers open. I have a feeling they will be less distractible surrounded by oodles of oozing nectar to be collected.