It rained all day and night on Sunday. Look at the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ passion flower now. The raindrops almost like they are forming a layer of ice crystals on the flower. It will be interesting to see how long this vine will produce blossoms now that the temperatures are lower. The Digitalis hybrid 'Polkadot Pippa' "Foxglove" is thriving in this weather. It has produced a second stalk of blossoms, ready for the hummingbirds.
The Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ Passion flower vine is starting to bloom again. Since I have no experience growing passion flower vines, I thought it might just produce leaves in the late fall and winter. There are now new buds on the vine and the first one blooming is very lovely, providing vibrant color over one of the back gates. There were many visits last month to the vine by gulf fritillary butterflies. But I haven't seen any caterpillars. It's too lat
The Tidy Tips Layia Platyglossa seedlings that I planted several weeks ago are growing fast and already blooming! I decided to be pro-active and plant these in the fall instead of waiting until the spring, so that the plants would be better established with the winter rains, and grow larger in the springtime. The normal blooming period for these plants is from March through June. Hopefully we'll still see a lot of blooms on these plants next Spring. A Tidy Tips plant next to
While I was cleaning up the garden this past weekend I noticed that bees are still visiting. They especially are attracted to the lavender plants. That is why I am always cutting off the spent blossoms and dried branches. The plants keep producing new growth, including blossoms, which then provide for the pollinators. In the above image a honey bee is getting nectar from a fresh lavender blossom.
On this gray, rainy day I thought about our outing a few months ago to Point Reyes, one of my very favorite places to visit when I have a day off. It was the first time we stopped to see this beautiful historical place. These Monterey Cypress trees were planted in 1930. At the end of the "tree tunnel" is the Historic KPH Maritime Radio Receiving Station which was sited and commissioned by Gugliemo Marconi in 1929. Some of the conifers growing here. Buildings and vegetation ar
My, how different the front yard looks, compared to a year ago! The yard originally was a lawn bordered by the neighbor's shrubs. As you may remember from earlier blog posts, we worked hard in the rain, snow, and cold to dig out the grass from 1/4 of the lawn, and transplant a few plants we brought from our former home - penstemon, lavender and salvia. Then we kept adding more and more seedlings that we purchased mostly from Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/ and t
I planted two Cuphea sp.'Minnie Mouse' seedlings in the Spring in one of the patio plant beds. I wanted to have a nice hedge in the back of the bed, that also provided food for the pollinators. The plants can grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide, with blossoms that provide nectar for hummingbirds. In the late summer months the plants didn't look good in spite of my extra watering efforts for them. I thought they would wither and die. But now that we have had some rainy days, th
The "Carolina Climbing Aster" Aster carolinianus that I planted in the Spring is now in full bloom. Just as it was described when I purchased it as a seedling, it is a late bloomer. At about seven feet tall, it started to produce more stems and leaves in September, and now it is full of buds and blossoms. Now that most nectar producing plants are starting to go dormant, this plant offers a nice treat for bees and butterflies. Apparently the blossoms are so hardy that they c
I'm so glad that the winter rains are here. You just never know these days with the change in climate pattern. The plants look refreshed and lovely with drops of rain on them. Above are some lambs' ears still looking spongy and glistening after the rain storm. Little drops still clinging to blades of Siskyou grass. Refreshed nasturtiums growing in the Sunshine blueberry container.
Finally able to capture some images of these adorable little birds. They fly into the garden often, but they are so quick, that I haven't been very successful taking photos of them. This past Sunday the bushtits were flocking around the bushes, both in the back and front yards, finding insects to eat. Upside down in a shrub Checking out the Mexican sage Salvia leucantha