July 29, 2016

Here are our first ripening Dirty Girl tomatoes!

It's always exciting to see your own food grow.

And so easy to do this in a container anywhere.

July 28, 2016

We now have another buckwheat plant for the backyard, the lovely Eriogonum fasciculatum

Warriner Lytle buckwheat.

It is said to be an excellent ground cover plant, especially great on slopes, and grows 1 to 2 feet high. Apparently the blossoms turn to a rusty brown late...

July 26, 2016

What fun to observe the umber skipper flitting from flower to flower in the backyard.

First I saw it sipping on nectar from the orange Klondike cosmos flowers.

Look at those lovely wings.

Then it remained a long time on the top of a lavender flower head.

July 25, 2016

I discovered this fascinating book yesterday, and will be reading it.

Terry Maeser, the author, has been rescuing injured Anna's hummingbirds since 2005.

She rehabilitates the birds and releases them back into the wild areas around the Los Angeles area.

This brings me to...

July 21, 2016

The first cosmos flowers are blooming in the backyard.

And on a day when the sun barely appeared, the bright colors of the flowers stood out against the greenery.

And so it was very easy to spot that a bee was resting on one of the flowers, feeding on the nectar, for sev...

July 19, 2016

On the trail to the beach in Point Reyes, there were many fields of wildflowers, and even in the foggy cool weather, there were bees at work, such as the honey bee in the image above.

Just behind this field of flowers, are cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

July 18, 2016

This weekend we took a day trip to Point Reyes, my favorite place to go to be in nature, enjoying the brisk ocean wind, and refresh my mind and soul.

The fog was slowly rolling in by the time we got to this beach.

It was low tide, and there were many tide pools where I o...

July 14, 2016

We are in the midst of plum season.

Many branches of our neighbors' plum tree hang over the fence and are laden with fruit.

Fortunately, our neighbors were kind enough to let us pick any fruit from these branches. And it's a bumper crop year!

Every day I fill bowls with t...

July 12, 2016

Here's one of the friendly umber skippers that are always visiting the garden.

They seem to really love the Shasta daisy nectar because I've noticed that whenever I look at the daisies an umber skipper is resting and feeding on one of the flowers for a long period of ti...

July 11, 2016

The money flower plant is growing quite rapidly and producing more and more blossoms.

The flowers are very beautiful on this particular mimulus plant, with the red nectar spot guides, but

it's really fun to observe bees crawling into the depths of this blossom.

The imag...

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