Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise and warm cloudy weather. It was a perfect morning to spend in my garden clipping old roses off so they can keep on blooming. And, that's just what I did. One of my rose bushes has been very ambitious this year and had stems that had grown to seven or eight feet high, at least. I clipped and dropped them into a pile, carried them over to the trash can, dropped them on the ground, started clipping them into pieces and throwing them away. Uh oh...I noticed a little nest on one of the long stems. It had white on it like spider webs. Was it from a spider or bug? Nope. I noticed a tiny little gray thing hanging out of it but it wasn't moving. I gently touched it with my clippers (to avoid getting human scent on it). It was soft and seemed to be alive. Ooops! I'd cut a stem that had a hummingbird nest attached to it with two tiny babies inside.

I clipped the stem to about a foot long and carried it back to the rose bush to figure out what to do. I propped it in between some other stems and the thorns helped to hold it in place. I later propped a stem of rose leaves above them to give them shade. They're so tiny and cute!

I kept an eye out to see if the mommy would find them. Sure enough...she did! Whew!

She quickly got back to feeding and carrying for her little children.

I'm so glad I noticed them before I tossed that stem into the trash! What a wild ride that must have been for them. I wonder if mom was watching me the whole time, worrying about her babies. So far, they seem to be doing okay. They have feathers on their wings and I bet they'll soon be ready to fly.


Pickyknitter said...

HOLY COW how lucky! Good save, as they say.

Sandra said...

good save! I bet Mama was watching and debating dive bombing you - glad to see it all worked out.

Erin @Days to Remember said...

Oh my gosh, Cheryl! That is amazing! I'm so glad they are doing well. How cute.

KarenB said...

Wow, that was close! That momma is probably wondering who rearranged her living room.