1. Ah! So that’s what it is. On Sunday, my partner and I were wandering around a small local lake, doing a bit of bird-watching, when we came across quite a lot of this – very much as in your photos. We stopped and looked and thought what on earth’s that doing, flowering in mid- November? Now we know. Thank you, Audrey.

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    1. I think it probably does; it’s reasonably hardy, by all accounts. It’s especially attractive cascading down from the top of a retaining wall, should you happen to have one. I do not, so my plants are strapped to a trellis. The branch tips root where they touch the ground, so one can grow new plants readily.

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        1. I don’t remember seeing hummingbirds in winter until quite recently. Apparently they can survive up here (southern Vancouver Island) because more people are growing winter blooming plants and especially providing feeders. When it’s really cold (around the freezing point), the little guys go into a kind of comatose state. As soon as it warms up a bit, they hit the feeder!

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  2. In central Virginia, they are the first plants to bloom in mid-late Winter. By that time we (or at least I) need a bit of proof that Spring will come again and temps will rise above freezing. They are a joy to behold when everything else is still brown and grey (or dirty white if there is any left over snow or ice.)

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