Even our usually grumpy CEO Ozzie seems to be enjoying the garden, although she seems unimpressed by the ginger lilies. I think this is her favorite time of year, too! The days are still warm, but the evenings are getting cooler.
So when I begin to see the first blooms on my ginger lilies, I know that those wonderful crisp autumn days are not far behind! The lilies are special to me for another reason…they came from my mom’s yard. When we were faced with the sad duty of cleaning out her house and putting it up for sale, I decided to dig up the lilies and bring them to live at my house...and they have thrived here ever since. But they had a big surprise in store for me!
I will never forget the first time I saw them! It was dusk and I saw what appeared to be hummingbirds at the lilies. But when I looked closer, I realized they were actually moths…unrolling their long feeding tubes and inserting them into the flowers! Can you see the tube? I am super proud of myself because tonight I finally managed to get a decent photo! I’ve been trying for several years! lol Here is a hummingbird moth feeding at my ginger lilies.
(Please scroll to the bottom of the blog and pause the music player before watching the video. It has its own music!)
I also found an amazing video of these moths, also known as the sphinx moth, feeding among their favorite flowers... ginger lilies, of course! Although I didn’t make the video, this is what I saw in my garden this evening as the first moths came to visit! I am still smiling! I hope you will take the time to watch. I promise that you will not be sorry! I have turned off my music on this post so as not to interfere with the video. Now if I could only add the fragrance of the flowers!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my garden! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
See you next time! A la prochaine!