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April 30, 2015

 Dwarf Blue Indigo Salvia, behind on the left is a small chive plant, to the right a sage plant with edible leaves used in cooking and behind it a large container of oregano


I can never resist buying plants for the garden, especially for the back yard, in the Spring. B...

April 28, 2015

Don't forget that this Sunday May 3rd is the annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour 2015 for all of you living in the Bay Area! So much valuable information to learn and beautiful gardens with native plants to attract our local pollinators.


There are workshops an...

April 28, 2015



Mmmm....it's fava bean season, and also that time of year to buy artichokes of all sizes.

This weekend the fava bean price at the Farmers Market was reasonable enough - $2.50 a pound for these lovely fava beans.


I like to make this fava bean puree recipe adapted from...

April 27, 2015


Peek- a - boo!


I observed another honey bee gathering pollen off its head to concentrate the pollen. This time it is on a Marmalade Skies rose leaf.  See how its head is on the side of the leaf, starting to bend that part of the leaf.




Raking the pollen off its face...

April 27, 2015

Dwarf Blue Sapphire salvia after the Friday night/Saturday morning rain



The 4 hours of rain on Friday night through early Saturday morning was a welcome relief! All the plants in the garden looked refreshed the next morning, and there were still some raindrops glisten...

April 23, 2015

And here is the perfect video to celebrate:



April 21, 2015

Hooded Oriole on a cable wire above the garden


A few days ago, as I was observing bees in the lavatera shrub, I suddenly heard the flapping of wings. It somehow sounded different from other birds and I could tell it was a larger bird.

Imagine my surprise when I looked u...

April 21, 2015


Tree mallow (lavatera maritima) seedling growing through concrete


And here was another surprise from the past weekend. A lavatera seedling growing through concrete! The huge tree lavatera is way on the other side of the garden, yet there were eight seedlings growing r...

April 20, 2015

 Abutilon "Chinese lantern" flowers, a hummingbird favorite, along the driveway



Well, you have to admit that when you see plants that were kind of dormant through the winter months start to produce beautiful flowers in the Spring, that it's inspiring. And for me that...

April 17, 2015


 One of our heroes - a honeybee feasting on the English lavender we have growing in big pots in the backyard. Got to keep their favorite food sources ready and available for them! And in turn, they pollinate our berries, oranges and summer vegetables growing nearby. A...

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