February Flowers In The Garden And A Hummer With Attitude

Male Anna's Hummingbird telling me who owns the place
Male Anna’s Hummingbird telling me who owns the place, 1-25-15

Unlike much of the country we’ve turned the seasonal corner out here in northern California. Unfortunately the day after day of nice warm sunny weather means that we’re not getting any rain, so we’re going into a fourth year of drought. At the moment, though, the garden is starting up again with the first bulbs blooming, plus a few other “early risers”. The Anna’s Hummingbird in the photo was in the yard at the end of last month. There’s usually hummers around in the winter and spring, dog-fighting for, well, just about anything it sometimes seems. This guy landed in one of the apple trees. I couldn’t get very close, so even with my long lens (Nikon 80-400mm) he was pretty tiny in the photos. But I thought it would be fun to share one of him in his full “don’t mess with me” display.

Here are some photos of what’s blooming today (all photos taken with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon 28-300mm lens):

White crocus
White crocus
Pink tulips
Pink tulips
Daffodils
Daffodils
Corsican hellebore
Corsican hellebore
Wallflowers I grew from seed brought back from England
Wallflowers I grew from seed brought back from England
Wallflowers I grew from seed brought back from England
Wallflowers I grew from seed brought back from England
Crocus "Pickwick" my favorite
Crocus “Pickwick” my favorite
Flowering quince
Flowering quince
Primroses
Primroses