The temperature here in Missouri today was in the 60's! This after it was below zero just a week ago and our well froze. The weather today sure makes us long for our ruby-throated hummingbirds! Unfortunately we will have to wait for another 10 to 11 weeks to see them.
So with no hummingbirds or orioles to consume our time, we're working on our 2018 show schedule. First up, weather permitting, is the Home & Garden Show in Grove, OK, in February. In March we will head to McKinney, TX, for the Collin County Master Gardeners Garden Show. In April we will spend a couple of weeks in North Dakota. First stop will be the Jamestown Home & Garden Show, followed by The Big One in Minot. We will be participating in the first ever Best of Missouri Life Market at Powell Gardens near Kansas City in April. In June we will be at the CraftFest in Mountain Home, and then at the Just For Her event in Overland Park, KS.
When we were in Mississippi in December, we stopped by a cotton mill and brought home some raw cotton. So our new product this year is our Help-A-Hummer. This is a nice copper coil filled with all natural raw cotton nesting material. Of course, hummers won't be the only birds to quickly grab this for their nests! We even include enough cotton for a refill in the package!
Hummingbird fact for today: Hummingbirds build velvety, compact cups with spongy floors and elastic sides that stretch as the young grow.