I was wondering if anyone has hummingbirds that spend the winter, or if they've started back for you yet. I've been planting things I hoped the hummers would like for some years--they don't necessarily like the things they're supposed to, and they frequently like things that aren't listed as hummingbird plants I find--but I've never had the hordes of them some folks seem to manage. BUT--several weeks ago I saw my first for this year, and today I saw it chasing off another one. (Sure are aggressive little monsters, aren't they?) A long time ago I planted Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn', which was beautiful for a couple years, froze to the ground, and came back without the beautiful variegation. Don't know what to call it. It blooms pretty much all year around, maybe taking off a couple weeks when it's really hot, and waves its orange bells ten or fifteen feet up in the air where the hummers can see it. I've also got variegated shrimp plant--Justicia brandegeana--coming into bloom, which the hummers love too. Put up a feeder when the first one showed up, as I wasn't sure there were enough flowers, but especially 'cause I can see them out the patio door. Really love bird-watching! I plant for the birds and the butterflies (flying flowers my kids called 'em) as well as for me.