June 28, 2015

This Giant Zinnia plant has been growing in a large container pot for at least 4 years!


Interesting enough, now that I haven't watered it much because of the drought situation, the plant has grown larger with more leaves and producing more blossoms. I grow zinnias to p...

June 28, 2015

Here's another honey bee in the lobelia planter.


I wonder if this is the same bee that was covered with white pollen the other day. To be covered by that much pollen a bee needs to spend a lot of time feeding on and in a flower. And this bee spent several minutes in th...

June 28, 2015


Green beans are in season! Since I still had a small bag of brown mushrooms that I bought the previous week from the Farmers Market I decided to experiment with a different combination of ingredients. The basil plants are doing well in our backyard, and since I love p...

June 26, 2015

Honey bee in Prom Dress cosmos


The honey bee here landed on the cosmos flower and fed on the nectar for a long time.

What is particularly interesting here is the amount of pollen on its head and thorax. And the pollen is white!


When I first noticed the bee I thought som...

June 22, 2015

Honey bee flying in the lavatera shrub









June 22, 2015

Sometimes you just never know what's going to sprout in the garden. 


This terra cotta pot is full of dormant freesia and ranunculus bulbs, but sometimes other plants sprout in there. Seeds are dropped there by birds or were carried in the wind.



June 22, 2015

Yesterday I took this image of a cabbage moth flying to a patch of lobelia. These are some of the same lobelia plants I dug out of the hard clay soil between bricks a few months ago, when the lobelia plants were seedlings 1/2" to 1" high. Lobelia plants reseed themselv...

June 19, 2015

The Ray Hartman ceanothus, also called California lilac, is native to California. It tolerates very dry conditions, and needs to grow in well-draining soil.


I have never seen the one we have growing in the garden bloom later than spring, when it is laden with these bea...

June 17, 2015

Mourning doves cooling off on a birdbath


A few days ago I observed these two mourning doves through the kitchen window.  Their home base is a huge tree next door where there was a lot of nest building activity a couple of months ago. These are either two parents or a p...

June 15, 2015

 Honey bee on a Mexican Salvia salvia leucantha


The honey bee above is feeding on the nectar of a Mexican salvia spike. The blooms are so soft and velvety, that its hard to resist touching them. These plant are very hardy and easy to maintain They also are drought tole...

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