Red Rhododendron & Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Here is another scene from my garden. I had planned to paint the rhododendron but had not thought of adding a hummingbird. However the other evening, as I looked out my kitchen window, I saw one buzzing around my red rhododendron which is absolutely so full of blooms that it amazes me.
My azaleas are blooming exceptionally well this year too. Normally, the rhodies and azaleas have significant winter kill which cuts down on their blooms. It takes a while for the plants to recover from a winter of subzero temps. This spring I noticed that none of them had any winter stress at all. And, now that I think of it, though the winter seemed long, snowy and cold, we never had the minus twenty night temperatures that normally occur in January and February. Perhaps it's global warming. Maybe there's a bright side to that - I won't have to move south to have beautiful rhodies and azaleas!
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