Bath Time!

by - May 01, 2012

I was just outside in the heat of the day and against better judgement was watering the garden with the hose and my thumb. I was near the teepee watering the muscadine vine and climbing squash, when I saw what seemed like the most gigantic dragonfly zipping in and out of the water. On second look, as it landed in the old bean vines on the teepee, I saw that it was a ruby-throated hummingbird! When I moved the shower to another area, he followed it. So then I positioned the hose so a light spray was landing on him as he perched back on the teepee, and he sat there fluttering his wings and preening his feathers. I ran inside for the camera, and to my delight he was still there waiting to finish his bath.

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  1. That's such a great picture! I love hummingbirds.

  2. jealous that you have muscadines! how long do they take to produce fruit? 3 yrs?

  3. I really don't know how long it takes. We planted ours in a wooded area first, and I tried to produce the first year. It wasn't until we moved it to the fence in full sun that it started to really grow. Last year, we got one or two clusters, but this year it is covered in clusters. This is probably the 4th or 5th year, but it didn't have the right growing conditions for the first three.



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