Thursday, January 23, 2014

Alice in the Greenhouse

Flash Back Thursday,
May 31, 2011

There are days when I love looking out into my greenhouse from my kitchen window. Other days I wish I had a clear view out into my backyard when I stand at the kitchen sink. A lean-to greenhouse obscures any views outside its walls. Today I had a hummingbird visitor—a cute little female flew in, enticed by the flowers inside the structure that I helped build. With bright light coming in at all angles, she became confused over which way was out. Today I am glad the structure is there and I can observe her for a while and take advantage of a photo op. I snapped a few photos every time she stopped to perch on a pot hanger just outside the window. I don't know what made me give her a name or why I chose that one, but I named her Alice.

Every spring a hummer flies into the structure to feed on any flowers that are blooming inside. It usually happens when it is still too early to move the flowering containers permanently outside. I learned a long time ago not to try to help the hummingbirds find their way out to freedom. My presence in the confines of the greenhouse made one of them panic. In desperation, the little one was slamming itself into the greenhouse panels and wood structure. I imagine the panic placed a lot of stress on its small little body. I quickly left for fear the poor little being would hurt itself. When left alone, they eventually leave the greenhouse—about an hour later, Alice flew away. I hope she learned not to go in there again, or if she does, she will remember where to exit.



  1. I'm glad you had such a great opportunity to take photos while she was trapped, but also very glad she found her way out again. I'll have to keep it in mind as one of the hazards of owning a greenhouse.

    1. They do find their way out eventually, my trying to help them out was not helpful at all. One time I put a feeder in view of the door and the hummer spotted it quickly and left the greenhouse. I don't use feeders anymore as my garden is full of flowers that feed them nearly year round, but a red flowering plant can also do the trick of enticing them back outside. If you have overhead vents that are open, they will easily exit out of them as that is where the bees and hornets and hummers are looking for a way out-the bright light from the ceiling. My structure does not have them unfortunately.

  2. I got a hummingbird feeder for Christmas. So far, I don't think the hummers have found it. Maybe they don't come to check my garden until the mahonias start blooming.


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