Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, May 12, 2008

He's Back

If you look closely at the red hummingbird feeder you will see a spec of orange. That is "he" -- our Baltimore Oriole who comes yearly for about 3 weeks to the gardens of Linderhof. This year he brought a "buddy" with him for yesterday morning there were two at the feeders. I've never seen a missus but surely there must be one somewhere.

They come because we have a tulip tree. The nectar from its flowers are a natural source of food. They're in the garden until the blooms fade and then they go elsewhere. I am hoping that perhaps because of the feeders that they will stay the summer and raise their young here. Perhaps they are already doing that. There is a nest somewhere and that is why you never see the missus -- she's on the nest.

With our little room with a big heart we can truly see the orioles this year. I find myself stealing a few minutes here or there to sit at the table and gaze into the garden. This weekend, it seems, I was always rewarded with an oriole sighting.

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