Recently, my pooch and I had a close encounter of the hovering kind. While out walking on a lovely Indian Summer day, Lily stopped to sniff the low branches of a lemon tree and came nose to nose with a curious (and intrepid) hummingbird! It stayed well out of snout's reach but flitted close enough that we could clearly see its rosy head and hear the characteristic hum of its wings that gives the tiny avian its name. Today happens to be National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day, so in appreciation of these itty-bitty pollinators, I've put together a quiz that will get your mind . . . well, a-hummin' about these amazing birds!Take the Quiz
Before he passed away in February, Alexander McQueen created a luxurious six-piece collection of rugs and pillows for The Rug Company, and now, three years in the making, the line is finally available.
McQueen's trademark skull pattern made its way onto one baby blue and white rug, as well as two pillows, in black and gold, while his recognizable hummingbird, feather, and military broçade themes make up the rest of the line. Finely knotted, the hummingbird rug is an almost photographic reproduction of McQueen's sartorial design, though these pieces will cost you more. A six-by-nine rug goes for about $19,000, while a scarf will cost you only $260. As for accessorizing and creating your ensemble, I think the same rules apply: layer one of McQueen's rugs or pillows over simple separates or go bold and mix them with prints.
Now that you've successfully attracted hummingbirds to your garden, maybe you need some sweet hummers adorning your interiors as well?
While springtime puts me in the mood for birdies in the home, I have to admit these flighty flitterers have caught my fancy. I love vintage hummingbird motif prints and plates, but I also like more modern takes, such as this sunny cotton pillow ($28). See what else I'm ogling below.
One of the smallest of all the birds is also one of the most fascinating to watch. The tiny hummingbird is a delight to spot buzzing around the yard, but not all gardens are created equal in the humble hummer's eye. To happily hear the hums of birds this Summer, just follow these tips for attracting hummingbirds into your garden.