September 30, 2014

female house finch visiting our bird bath


This summer, with such dry conditions, we decided to create and set up birdbaths for our feathered wildlife friends in search of extra water stations and maybe a refreshing bath. This was another case of "if you build it they w...

September 28, 2014

English Thyme and Munstead Lavender young plants


This time of year is great for planting and transplanting. It's not too hot so young seedlings won't get burned by the hot sun's rays and leaves won't be scorched. Also, rain should be (hopefully!) on its way for the win...

September 28, 2014

From left to right: spade, transplanting trowel,hand fork/cultivator, loppers (for cutting branches, dead-heading spent flower heads out of reach, weeder, rose-pruning gloves, ratchet clippers



as per your request, here are some basic abc's for gardening novices...

September 26, 2014

What's All the Buzz About?

Many of the foods we need for healthy diets require bees for pollination, including many of our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts. We have honey bees to thank for one out of every three bites of food we eat! But over the past decade we have...

September 26, 2014

Ah, we finally had some substantial rainfall overnight and through the morning hours! Okay so it wasn't a lot, but according to meteorologists 1 inch of rain recorded in some areas around the Bay. I was so happy I put on my raincoat and stood in our backyard to listen...

September 25, 2014




I love old whimsical images, especially those with insects in them.


This lovely illustration depicting a little girl asking a bee for some honey is from the "Favorite Pi...

September 24, 2014

Penstemon tubular bells rose: Penstemon hartwegii in our back garden


It's so nice to see plants still blooming when most are going dry and dormant this month.


I have the Penstemon tubular bells rose plant growing in a large plastic flower pot in our backyard. It  does...

September 22, 2014

Crimson Star pears and Alba strawberries



Living in Northern California, we are so fortunate for our bounty of delicious produce. Now we are reaching the tail end of the summer harvest of stone fruit - peaches, nectarines - but you still can buy pears and plums, and ma...

September 20, 2014

new Calla Lily shoots, September 2014


My garden, just like most other gardens, never looks great in September. Most plants are barely in bloom, leaves are turning yellow as the fall season approaches. And of course, with the drought, everything looks a little drier tha...

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