December 31, 2015


Happy New Year from a honeybee in the rosemary hedge today

December 27, 2015

Anna's Hummingbird in the rain


December 20, 2015


It's that time of year for lots of citrus, apples and persimmons!



I was never a big fan of persimmons, but now I like to eat them thinly sliced in salads. They add a little crunch and lots of color to mixed greens in a light vinaigrette.



In spite of the stubborn, on...

December 18, 2015



Did you know that the top shelf of your refrigerator is the warmest and the lowest shelf is the coldest? Or how to interpret the "sell by/use by" dates of labeled food products?



Yesterday I discovered this book, written by NRDC's Dana Gunders, at our local library.


December 16, 2015



At least one goldfinch has been visiting the backyard and other parts of the garden for the past month. I finally got an image of it as it ran across the top of the backyard fence. It seems to be finding a lot of insects to eat, especially in the Hummingbird Salvia.


December 15, 2015


Here are more images of plants in the garden after the rain.



These are some of the plants with soft hairlike fibers, above Mexican Salvia and below Lambs Ears. The raindrops are caught and held longer by the multiple fibers.




Usually the Mexican Salvia is quite dorm...

December 11, 2015




The Anna's hummingbirds that visit the garden are very territorial about the nectar we cook for them, especially when the nectar is fresh.




The hummingbirds like to perch on the highest branches of the cape honeysuckle shrub (photo above), even in light rain and gu...

December 10, 2015



Most bees seem to be hibernating, but as long as there is food for them, some bees are still out and about. Because the rosemary hedges are blooming there are always several bees getting their nutrition there.




And even though we don't observe the same number of be...

December 8, 2015




More than a day of intermittent soft rain does wonders for plants.

Here are some images of the plants in our garden taken yesterday.

Above is an Abutilon "Kentish Belle".







Raindrops like pearls on a nasturtium leaf. 









Yes, there are still blossoms on the tre...

December 5, 2015


Well, look who's drinking from the birdbath!





I last saw a Hermit thrush in the backyard about a year ago, but I had no idea what kind of bird it was, even trying to identify it through different online websites. Because the bird just visited several times last wint...

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