June 2, 2020

Other native plants are blooming, and the bees are visiting them.

This is a Cameo Yarrow Achillea millefolium 'Cameo' flower head, with a female sweat bee enjoying the nectar. I haven't spotted any butterflies visiting the yarrow blossoms yet. Hopefully hairstreak and...

May 26, 2020

In the late afternoon, I often find bees, especially honey bees, drinking water in the bird bath.

This is one of the reasons why I have a flat stone in the bath.

The bees can sit on the edge of the stone and sip water off the stone without danger of falling in the water...

May 24, 2020

Well this is the first time I have ever seen two Yellow-faced bumble bees Bombus vosnesenskii

at the same time on a lambs ear, and right next to each other.

Isn't this a wonderful sight?!

Now that the lambs ears are starting to bloom, there is a lot of activity around the...

May 22, 2020

Look what we discovered on our native milkweed plants! Western Monarch butterfly caterpillars!

The plants aren't very big yet, and I have only seen one or two monarchs flying in our garden.

So we are so surprised, and elated.

This one was on a very small, native Narrow-le...

May 20, 2020

We love to hear the chattering and songs of the Bewick Wrens.

They are so fond of our garden, that they are constant visitors, bringing their fledglings for visits.

This one was singing on the branch of our neighbors' apple tree.

After singing, it foraged around our patio...

May 18, 2020

Since we had very warm weather for the past two weeks, some plants such as the Lambs Ears are starting to bloom.

Here is one of the Lambs Ears plants after a good rain shower.

Oddly enough, after a dry spring season, we're getting the kind of rainstorms now that we shoul...

May 13, 2020

First the Coastal Yellow Lupines were gorgeous as they started to bloom.

But slowly and surely creepy aphids have arrived and multiplied on both lupine shrubs, sucking out the life juices of the leaves and branches.

Poor lupines, they are also starting to suffer from mil...

May 11, 2020

It's such a thrill to discover bees sleeping in the garden.

Imagine sleeping right on your breakfast.

This yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii is sleeping on a Phacelia California Scorpionweed.

What a grip these bees must have to cling on to a flower head overnigh...

May 6, 2020

And here is one of our friends, the Yellow-faced Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a Rock Phacelia Phacelia californica.

I'm so happy to have captured this image of the endangered bee on one of our new California native additions to the garden.

This phacelia is also kn...

April 29, 2020

The wool carder bees are back!

And when they are not being territorial about their favorite flowers, chasing away other bees, they can be very cute.

It seems as if just when the native plants start to bloom, more and more bees appear regularly in the garden.

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