Hummingbirds like it hot

On the Trail

 Some gardeners have a color bias; mine happens to be against orange. A big exception to this snobby attitude is the California poppy, but then its flower is no ordinary orange, being a ravishing, radiant blend of silken sunset hues on petals that flare with such animated grace.
The orange of cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) is a bit too garish for me. This climbing shrub, unless well managed, can become rambunctious, gangly, woody. Still, on one hot afternoon, I found myself loading o...

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