did you know that hummingbirds tend to feed from flowers which hang down vertically even though this costs them more energy than feeding on more accessible blooms?  hummingbirds are crucial pollinators of flowering plants across the Americas.  apparently they choose the downward facing flowers because their nectar is less diluted by rain and thus contains the most sugar.

i love any items with birds on them, so it was lovely to see liberty still sell lots of items emblazened with birds.   when birds are used on everyday things  there is something calming about seeing them on familiar objects.  found this little nest hidden in my wisteria.  Jane Clayton has a lovely selection of wallpapers including birds too.

for another exquisite gift idea, these beautiful porcelain plates with little birds on are made by fliff carr.


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