Silver Lining

“Silver Lining”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

The old expression , “Every cloud has a silver lining”, has certainly proved true for us after Hurricane Gustav came through Louisiana last Monday.  One of the first things we noticed was the increase in the number of hummingbirds at our feeders.  Normally, only one hummingbird at a time comes to drink at the feeders, and there is the occasional aerial dogfight of two hummers around it.  Now, there are at least a dozen swarming around our feeders with three at one time drinking from one feeder.  We never have even two sipping nectar at one time, much less three or four.  This is how it was in North Carolina when we visited Blowing Rock.  They had feeders all over the town and hummers by the dozen would show up.  We have always felt inadequate by those standards, and, now, we finally caught up.  We don’t know why all of a sudden we have so many.  It could be several reasons: neighbors haven’t had time to put their feeders back up, many flowers were damaged by Gustav, or more have shown up because they are migrating and our feeders are the only game in town.  We don’t care; we are just having the best time watching them swarm, dive bomb, and use our feeders.

One more day brightener was observed in the last few days – spider lilies (lycoris radiata).  Around here they are commonly called naked ladies or hurricane lilies.  The latter name is especially appropriate this year.

So, extra hummers and naked ladies showing up is the silver lining Hurricane Gustav gave Louisiana.



  1. Mary Beth said,

    September 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    This certainly been the summer of hurricanes – I hope that you all did not have too much damage and how wonderful to be able to enjoy the extra hummers!

  2. Nancy Bond said,

    September 7, 2008 at 6:35 am

    The hummers are certainly entertaining. 🙂

  3. Jan said,

    September 7, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Mary Beth, we did not have any real damage, thank the good Lord. We do have our eye on Hurricane Ike. Right now, it seems it might pass close to our south. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

    Nancy, we just adore the little hummingbirds. You are right they are very entertaining esp. in high numbers.

  4. Brenda Kula said,

    September 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I don’t seem to see many hummers in my yard lately, but did see one today as I sat out back in a wrought iron chair and talked to a fellow blogger via phone. Love those hummingbirds!

  5. Jan said,

    September 7, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Brenda, usually, by now, the male hummers have left us, but this year they are still around. The females leave after the first of October. It would be nice to have as many as we have had lately next year.

  6. Alexandra said,

    September 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I hope this note finds you and your family safe from the storms that have been rolling through. You are in my thoughts. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. *hugs*

  7. Jan said,

    September 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Hi, Alexandra. We are fine. I am glad you stopped by and left a note. I was wondering about how you were feeling. With the storm, losing electricity and the internet, I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog reading as I usually do, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Phillip said,

    September 8, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I don’t understand hummingbird patterns. I haven’t seen many at all this year in our garden until about a month ago and now they are everywhere.

  9. September 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I saw my first hummer ever in Florida this weekend after planting some pentas! I was so excited, I might try and get a feeder. Do they have a “season”? I really like that lily – it is all exotic and unsual and right up my alley. Do you have any more info on it? It looks different than other naked ladies I’ve seen in books.

  10. Jan said,

    September 9, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Hi, WG, ruby throated hummers usually are around here from about March to October. We have had the occasional year round one that does not migrate. In the winter we have had a black-chinned and broadbilled stay all winter.

    As for the lycoris, they are nice plants that bloom about this time of year. The flowers come up first then the foliage, thus the name. They are easy to grow and should do well in your area. Another plant that is called naked lily is lycoris squamigera which we call resurrection lily. That might be the one you have seen in books. Common names can be confusing.

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