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A word from the editor... Pets can add great fun to enjoying your outdoor living spaces, and I just discovered some that only need to be fed — a sweet nectar, no less. Hummingbirds. When I was in Denver, Colorado, two years ago covering a photo shoot for Archadeck Outdoor Living, one of the home exteriors we photographed had an exquisitely diverse backyard. As you entered it from the front of the house there was a long, winding faerie garden (tiny gnome villages and all) along the left approach leading to a stone grotto with a Zen-like gurgling water feature. On the right side in the rear of the yard there was a massive deck and outdoor living room, complete with a majestic fireplace, a Green Egg®, a travertine L-shaped bar, a chef’s outdoor kitchen, dining table and chairs and two outdoor sofas that faced each other. Along the left edge of this outdoor living space was an exterior header beam with suspended red and clear glass hummingbird feeders hanging from it. And the humminbirds came in droves much to my delight as I was supervising the shoot — for it was the very first time I was able to enjoy their playful beauty close up.
Recently my family moved our residence South a bit and had the rear of our new home professionally landscaped to wrap our rounded patio. In the process of doing that I noticed that many of our neighbors had hummingbird feeders, so I thought it was worth a shot to follow suit. I went to Lowe’s® and bought a double-pronged black iron Shepherd’s Hook and a colorful hanging pot of seasonal flowers — with those small, red trumpet blossoms hummingbirds are so attracted to, and a clear glass and red hummingbird feeder from Target® which was placed on the opposite hook. Today is Tuesday. We placed this new installation outdoors two days ago on Sunday — and there has been several hummingbirds drinking and fluttering about during daylight (and twilight) hours ever since. It just so happened that on Sunday afternoon two of my grandchilden were present after the installation. We all stood indoors looking out the glass patio door squealing with delight. Welcome to my world of Loving Outdoor Living. Enjoy,
Larry Spada Editor
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