Jewelweed, Touch-Me Nots

Seems I have been waiting a long time to see the blooms here. Perhaps due to SO MUCH rain! We are so far the 6th wettest August on record in Cincinnati area. We love having this plant about as the hummingbirds frequent them. There are only a few blooms here so far.

The Spruce says: Jewelweed is considered an easy plant to grow and requires little hands-on care once it’s established. It generally doesn’t have any issues with pests or diseases. And the dense growth of jewelweed can actually help to discourage the development of weeds, which will lower your garden maintenance overall. Just make sure the jewelweed is planted in an area where the soil remains moist.

https://www.thespruce.com/growing-jewelweed-plants-5088278

And as I have noted in previous blog postings, when you touch the seed pod it springs open to scatter the seeds. Here is a photo of mostly spent seed pods!

Our hummingbird feeder is mounted outside the kitchen window. It makes for great entertainment while doing dishes or cooking! The whoosh of wings and chatter as the birds guard what they consider ‘their’ feeder is a constant throughout the summer. In the morning during my prayer time they whoosh past the bedroom window where my ‘prayer chair’ is located. When the window is open and I hear their approach and flight past me I am always amused. Has anyone clocked their flight in situations like this? I could use one of those things where they sports people clock a pitcher’s throw!

According to https://www.hummingbirdsplus.org/ruby-throated-hummingbird-facts/

The thin, asymmetrical, and slightly curved primary feather of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird allows it to achieve an optimal speed when flying. It can fly straight to a speed of 25 miles per hour, and 40 miles per hour during courtship dives.

Hummingbirds Plus

Did I mention zooming past the window? Here is a video of their feather sounds and chirping.

If you learn to identify jewelweed and notice some growing near you, watch for hummers zooming in and around the plants! Well worth waiting to see them!

Tiny treasures in plain sight!

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