May 11, 2015

 Baby bushtit (left) and its parent


Yesterday as I stopped to look out our front door I saw three bushtits hopping around in the lemon tree. Suddenly one stopped and opened its beak. Immediately one of the other bushtits fed the one with the open beak, I assume with in...

May 8, 2015



lamb's ear stachys byzantina with flowers


Lamb's ear is a nonnative perennial, native to Iran, Turkey and Armenia.

It has thick, soft grayish green leaves with silvery hairs. As you will see in the photo below, the plant spreads creating a nice carpet-like effect, and...

May 8, 2015


Here is one of the first ripe Sunshine blueberries on our bush!

We were worried for a while last month since we're really cutting back on the plant watering.

We thought the berries wouldn't ripen!


But we do try to give the plant enough water using a "plant nanny" and it...

May 7, 2015

This past weekend I repotted and transplanted a lot of newly purchased plants for the backyard. All of the plants produce flowers rich in nectar. Just a day after I repotted the Dwarf Indigo Spire Salvia  I could see constant visitors to it, bees, hummingbirds and butt...

May 6, 2015

Cranberry cosmos, a member of the cosmos bipinnatus family, note the honeybee feeding on nectar in the center of the flower


Cosmos are nonnative annuals, native to Mexico and the Southwestern US. You will want to plant the summer blooming cosmos bipinnatus and not the...

May 5, 2015

This is super easy so this isn't really a recipe. But sometimes you just want to have a

tasty side dish that takes a couple of minutes to prepare.


You just need:

1/2 pound of rinsed, fresh organic pea sprouts (available at farmers markets or better stocked grocery stores...

May 5, 2015


This is a very quick and easy dessert to make. You can use other fruit such as peaches, berries, nectarines, for example. And it is oh so scrumptious. For me, if you're going to have a dessert with crust, that crust had better be good! This recipe is adapted from a Sa...

May 4, 2015

Honey bee approaching a borage flower



I always look forward to seeing fuzzy borage plants, also known as starflower plants, appear in the garden this time of year. Borage is a native to the Mediterranean region and grows very well in the Bay Area climate. It blooms fr...

May 4, 2015

It's apricot season! And right now Frog Hollow Farm is selling these delicious organic Apache apricots at Bay Area farmers markets or you can order directly from their farm in Brentwood, California


Yes, they aren't cheap at $4.90 a pound. BUT...

May 2, 2015

 California Poppies eschscholzia californica, the official State flower!


This the month to buy your plant seedlings! And early May is when there are numerous native plant sales in the Bay Area. For example for this weekend check your local newspaper for native plant ev...

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