Hummingbird-Up Close and Personal. This little guy was a frequent visitor to my backyard gardens. I have many Cardinal plants (lobelia) planted in various gardens at our house. The hummingbirds love them! I would spend hours sitting outside waiting for these little guys to come around, sometimes I would get lucky and I would not have to wait too long. Other times, I would leave my spot, turn around as I am walking away, only to see a couple flying around the gardens. They are very challenging.