Friday, September 28, 2012

Garden Dreaming

 By: Annie Chamovitz
From: The Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 1 Title: Scrapbook of Secrets

Next Book: Scrapped
Pub. Date: December 31, 2012

In the every day ordinariness of life, we all need spaces of joy, spaces where our minds are free just a bit—one of those things for me is my front porch visits with Bea and her hummingbirds. When I lived in Bethesda, I’m sure there were many hummingbirds around. I just never had the time or inclination to find them. If any of my old newspaper friends in DC knew I was researching hummingbirds and the plants used to attract them, I’d never live it down.
But, I’d love to have a hummingbird garden like Beatrice’s. Just the idea of it soothes me sometimes. Along with a feeder full of sugar water, there are flowers that attract them like crazy. So I’m sifting through seed catalogs and dreaming about my hummingbird garden.
One of my favorite flowers is the Columbine, which comes is all sorts of colors. I love the multi-colored ones and all the curls and points of the flower. I’m thinking about a patch of dark red ones against my fence. According to the book I’ve been reading, I should have several bird-friendly areas in the yard.
In the far left corner, behind the boy’s swing set, I think I’ll plant a butterfly bush—one of the bright orange varieties. Maybe I’ll plant some nasturtiums and morning glories there, too. Mike doesn’t like the twisty-turny vine plants, but you can’t please everybody, can you?
It feels strange to be thinking of fuchsias, pinks, and whites in the middle of a season so full of orange, fire-red, crimson, and gold. But even though it’s fall in Cumberland Creek, I’m making spring plans for my garden so that Mike and I and the boys might attract a few hummingbirds on our own. What fun for the boys.  I’ve never gardened or planted anything in my life. It seems like magic. You just plant the seeds, water them, and voila, you have a lovely garden. Simple, right?  


  1. I wear a bright red hat when out in the garden. I've actually had hummingbirds hover in front of me and peer into my face. I guess they think I'm a flower.

  2. From what I hear, they are attracted to bright colors. So you're probably right. It's nice to be thought of as a flower, isn't it? ;-)

  3. Annie, I live for my garden. I'm never happier than when I'm outdoors, at one with nature. I've even found a great use for poison ivy. Have you considered planting Trumpet Vine? Lovely flowers in the shapes of trumpets in bright red -- but I believe they're poisonous . . .

    ~ Olive

  4. Thanks, Olive. A Trumpet Vine sounds lovely!

  5. I love hummingbirds, but I also love butterflies, and you can attract them, too, with the right flowers!