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November 27, 2015

 Red salvia blossoms

 

 

 

 

 

At this time of year most plants are dormant, but suddenly, after the rain last week, there are new blooms in the garden.

 

 

All this year two of the red salvia shrubs barely produced any flowers, but now there are brilliant crimson blossoms popp...

November 25, 2015

I don't remember seeing borage sprouting in patches like this before!

 

 

 

 

I think this proves that even in prolonged drought conditions some seeds will lie dormant in soil, and sprout as soon as they have enough water to germinate. After the rain a week ago (about 1/2 i...

November 23, 2015

 

 

  Female house finch on a cape honeysuckle branch

 

 

This time of year, birds are blending in more with the plant foliage colors.

 

Most of the birds that frequent the backyard like to land first in the cape honeysuckle shrub to survey the area before approaching the bir...

November 16, 2015

....is anyone watching?............

 

 

I know, I'm posting a lot about birds in the birdbath.

It's just so much fun to watch them take such pleasure in bathing in a plastic bottom saucer for a flower pot, hooked onto a small plank of wood on an altered garden obelisk.

 

 

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November 13, 2015

 Female house finches taking turns at the birdbath

 

 

 

 

I can't help posting images of birds in the backyard birdbath.

They seem to have such a great time there throughout the day.

On weekends when I am home to observe more, I sometimes have to add water to the bath two o...

November 10, 2015

 

Alas, the fig season is ending.

 

 

And what a season it has been!

The Mission fig tree was very productive, more than in the previous few years, and we have been enjoying the fruit of its labor.

 

 

There are still some figs on the tree, but most of them are very soft, whic...

November 9, 2015

Chickadee preparing for lift off from the obelisk rung

 

 

 

Today we observed for the first time a chestnut back chickadee feeding on the buds of a geranium plant. Because we were in the kitchen, watching through the window, it was hard to tell if the it was feeding on in...

November 4, 2015

 

 Raindrops reflecting clouds

 

 

 

 

 

At last, a good dousing of rain!

From late Sunday night through Monday morning it rained, leaving all of the plants refreshed, and at least a half inch of water in containers in the backyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About half an hour after the rain clo...

November 3, 2015

Crow footprints in the driveway

 

 

There are more American crows in the neighborhood these days, and, as other birds that frequent the garden, they are attracted to the Mission fig tree which still is producing a lot of fruit. And the figs grow to be quite plump and jui...

November 1, 2015

 

White crowned sparrow and female house finch at the backyard birdbath

 

 

The two birdbaths in the backyard seem to be busier than ever, especially in heavy use by the white crowned sparrows. Several times a day the sparrows happily splash in the baths, then preen themse...

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