January 26, 2015

I don't have many indoor plants, but because I seem to have a green thumb keeping orchids alive and healthy, I have a few orchid plants.  For example the orchid above is a very small plant, that fits in a little ceramic pot the size of a small drinking glass about 4 in...

January 18, 2015

Phyllis Bide climber rose badly needs its annual pruning


January is the best time to prune your rosebushes and other large shrubs such as lavatera and salvia bushes. The plants are mostly dormant and winter and spring rains (let's keep our fingers crossed that we'll ge...

January 11, 2015


Here is another quite simple to make recipe that I adapted from Jamie Oliver's recipes posted on his website. You can serve it with rice, but I decided to serve it with mashed potatoes, and it was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It is the perfect dish for the...

January 11, 2015

We have a lot of buds on our Sunshine blueberry plant, more than I've ever seen since we've had the plant. It 's been about 4 years since we bought this plant, and it is thriving in a container pot on a small table in our backyard. The plant is more than 2 feet wide i...

January 11, 2015

Chestnut back chickadee at the bird bath


I know that the local birds are drinking from our bird bath throughout the year. And since I rinsed and filled up the bath last weekend, I assumed that there would still be some water left in it a week later. So you can how...

January 9, 2015

Moss sprouts in the chive container pot


In the winter when many of our plants go dormant, storing their energy and preparing for spring, sometimes other plants or plant organisms decide to grow around them. I usually leave them alone as long as they don't overpower or...

January 2, 2015

House sparrow drinking  water from the bird bath


Somehow I didn't realize how much the birds would be using the bird bath for their water source even in the cold winter weather. After being away for several weeks,  I observed house sparrows, white crowned sparrow...

January 1, 2015

Paperwhites blooming along the chimney bricks outside? It MUST be January!

It's a cold, brisk, sunny day here. Beautiful, but hopefully more rain soon to come.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year 2015 in nature!


This month is the time to prune the rose bushes an...

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