February 29, 2016

 

 

The carpenter bees have been back in the garden for a couple of weeks now.

I've only noticed male carpenter bees, who seem to be constantly in flight except for the nano-second they seem to take to feed on nectar or collect pollen from blossoms.

 

 

Although I've read th...

February 25, 2016

 

 

The squirrels that frequent the garden are chubby. There is always food for them - pears, apples and plums from the neighbors' trees, as well as walnuts and pine cones.

 

 

 

While I was taking photos of bees pollinating the Damsom plum blossoms,  a squirrel decided to r...

February 23, 2016

 

The Damsom plum tree by the driveway is in bloom. And the air is fragrant with the scent of plum blossoms. Both honey bees and leaf cutter bees are busy pollinating. In the image above a honey bee is diving into a plum blossom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A leaf cutter bee on a cluster of...

February 22, 2016

Borage blossoms and buds covered with dew

 

 

 

Yesterday morning the dew in the garden was quite amazing. It looked as if it had rained overnight, but that wasn't the case. Just look at all that water!

 

 

 

 

 

Dew drops on a spider web covering shasta daisy leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 20, 2016

 

On Sunday, while standing in the garden, I noticed a honey bee land on a leaf of the tree lavaterra. I noticed that it had some pollen on its legs and sides of its abdomen.

 

 

 

 

And sure enough, the bee was in the process of transferring pollen to its baskets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2016

honey bee on lavender blossom

 

 

The lavender hedge looks best at this time of year. With winter rains and cooler weather the hedge always revives. It is full of soft green leaves and new spears of blossoms sprout. This is the first honey bee I observed on the lavender h...

February 15, 2016

 Adult Cedar Waxwing

 

 

 

 

I participated this weekend in the Great Backyard Bird Count, observing birds visiting our garden http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count

 

 

Some were the usual visitors, including white crowned sparrows,  California towhee...

February 14, 2016

Bush peony "eyes" sprouting stalks

 

 

 

During the winter, since most of the plants in containers are dormant, I don't pay much notice to what is going as nasturtium seeds sprout everywhere, covering the pots. But as I start to poke around and pull weeds, the wonder of na...

February 11, 2016

 

 

Our huge ceanothus shrub is developing tiny flower heads that will be in full bloom in one or two months.

 

 

Once the shrub is in full bloom, it will be covered with bees every day until they have gathered all the pollen from the blossoms. Last year I counted 40 bees o...

February 9, 2016

 

 

The winter rains have helped the rosemary hedges produce more blossoms, which are attracting a lot of bees. There is the sound of constant humming during the day as bees feast on the blossoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've observed mostly honey bees this weekend, but also hover flies...

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bees in the bay breeze
 

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