We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our yellow Trumpet Vine on our entryway arbor - a mini- nature preserve - is having a good year.
A Robin is nesting in it right now. Her second batch this season. They get annoyed every time you walk through.
I devoted yesterday afternoon to manual labor because the heat wave passed. Weeding, vine removal, some mid-summer pruning, stacking logs for winter, etc. While taking a little iced-tea and cigar break sitting on my wood pile, I got free entertainment from two Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting over the ownership of the entire vine. "Why not share it?" I thought. "There's enough nectar and tiny bugs for all." Nope.
Nature is not nursery school.
Elsewhere at the Maggie's HQ, I have a red Trumpet Vine. I think they prefer the red, but they seem to find the yellow worth fighting over.
--all the little heliotropes grow toward the sun, and by the time the failures realize that the others have shaded them out, it's too late, they've used up all their energy. Strictly a 'go-for-broke' proposition.
Such great plants! My cousin grows them along a fence at her log home near the WI/MI border and my son attracts the hummingbirds with multiple trellises in San Antonio. I think they prosper with as little as 3-4 hours of sun/bright light. BD? Your experience?
My yellow trumpet vine covers about half of a 12 x 15 patio pergola and attracts lots of hummingbirds. Unfortunately, most of the birds are above the pergola, so I can't watch them as easily as I'd like.