I just can't help myself when it comes to plants. Somehow I feel you just can't have enough of them. A few weekends ago we went back to Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/ where I purchased this Clematis "Avant Garde" vine. It should produce very beautiful double petaled crimson and lavender blossoms. The plant is bee-friendly, grows rapidly and is drought tolerant. It is planted in a large pot next to one of our side gates, opposite the "Carolina Climbing Aster", w
Well, just when I was giving up on the Ribes sanguineum v. sanguineum 'King Edward VII' red flowering currant, look at it now! We planted it a little over a year ago. There were a few green leaves on it at first, but then the summer heat dried it up, in spite of my careful watering efforts. It basically was a 2 1/2 inch high stick for a long time. Other gardeners that I spoke with had no luck with their ribes plants, either. I felt that if it still remained a stick after the
Bees are busy in the front yard now that a ground cover plant that I can't identify is producing tiny lavender colored flowers. The "lawn" is made up of the ground cover plant, grass and clover. There seems to be a lot for bees and birds to feed on. Last Sunday when the sun was out again, I saw a lot of honey bees at work. Above is an image of one of them. They were also on the camellia blossoms. And here is another honey bee in the front yard.
The yellow-faced bumble bees are always busy in the garden. Here is one foraging for nectar and pollen from a lavender plant on the patio. And here is another one resting in the grass, in the sun, in the front yard. Minutes before the bee was visiting California Delta sunflowers, Mexican sage and Coreopsis grandiflora blossoms.
After several days of rain, it's always a treat to see remaining water drops on plants. For example these freesia buds and blossom were covered with little pearls of water, that seemed to defy gravity. The stems of the freesias were encrusted with rows of rain drops.
As you may recall from previous posts, we use a suet cage feeder to fill with nest materials for birds. It is filled with thin dried stems from plants such as the sweet alyssum plant, because I noticed that mourning doves like to use these stems for their nests. And more important, I add to the twigs fur that is combed from our short haired indoor cat, an Abby Tabby. When we lived at our previous house, the cage hung from a fig tree branch. I sometimes observed chestnut backe
A few weeks ago I posted some photos of one of our indoor orchid plants. It started to produce buds after a year. It was a pleasant surprise because the previous spikes never dried out, so I couldn't prune them. I also don't remember giving the orchid any food. Both orchid plants just get a little water once a week. Now look what beautiful blossoms the plant is producing. Both orchid plants get a lot of light from the nearby window, but no direct sun. And here is the photo of
The American Robins have been in residence since early February in our neighbor's coastal redwood tree. We hear them chattering and singing from early morning to sunset, flying to and from the tree. The Cedar Waxwings arrived two weeks ago, and now the tree is just a hub of bird activity with the occasional squirrels scolding, Oak Titmice singing and Northern Mockingbirds practicing their repertoire of songs. Cedar waxwings are such beautiful birds with their black masks, cre
Between rainstorms on Sunday I inspected the patio and rest of the backyard to see if anything new was sprouting. Hearing buzzing sounds I first noticed a honey bee flying in and out of a daffodil blossom. This must be the first time I've seen a bee around daffodils. Daffodils contain both male and female reproductive organs, therefore are self-fertile. But some daffodils, in natural conditions, are pollinated by the wind or bees. Sometimes bees could be attracted by the brig
This weekend I was re-potting some plants on the patio and heard a lot of rustling in the nearby shrubbery. I quickly ran in the house to get my camera to try to get some photos of birds. Walking quietly to a side of the yard where there are large tree branches hanging down, I noticed this Golden Crowned Sparrow nearby, foraging in the gravel for bugs and seeds. It was very surprising to see how the bird didn't seem to mind my presence. Also, it helped that my new camera is