December 21, 2016

Poor little honeybee decided to land in the swimming pool. Either it was thirsty or hot. It was then scooped out of the water to dry off on the side.

But it was determined to get back in the pool so I presented it with a leaf to crawl on and carried it to where the Pent...

December 21, 2016

Honeybees in the tropics...

Here is a honeybee in a Pentas bush. So wonderful to observe in the winter time! 

This is the first time I am pgl


December 15, 2016

While checking the plants in containers in the backyard, I discovered these seedlings growing in a large pot where another plant used to grow (I don't remember what it was).

If I'm not mistaken, these look like lambs ears seedlings.

I didn't plant these here, but they lo...

December 13, 2016

All of our wonderful fall and winter rain is so great for the plants.

I checked on the two native plant seedlings that I planted in the front yard a couple of weeks ago.

The Ray Hartman ceanothus seems to have grown about an inch taller (photo above), while the Ribes Kin...

December 12, 2016

We've been having so much rain!

It's great to have a real, Northern California wet winter.

But when it rains all day and night for days at a time, everything seems to get soggy.

After winters with little rain, I forgot how raincoats get drenched, the ground gets squishy,...

December 9, 2016

I love the patio here.

It's nice and private, surrounded by tall trees and shrubs.

And look at this view of the sky.

I always hear the chirps and songs of birds. Some are familiar, and some I'm trying to figure out.

Because of all the foliage, I often hear the birds hoppin...

December 7, 2016

This past weekend I finally had some time to check on the plants on our patio.

And much to my surprise, the olives on our little olive tree are dark pink!

Since we've never had an olive tree before, I always assumed that the olives remain green until you brine them.


December 6, 2016

We're still living in some chaos since we moved to this house a couple of weeks ago. Still a lot to unpack and organize. And what a time of year to move!  Right during the holiday season, when there is always so much going on.

But I guess there never is the ideal time...

December 1, 2016

Now that we moved 40 potted plants to the patio here from the backyard of the house where we lived, it looks quite different from before.

Here is the patio when we first moved to this house.

And now it looks like this:

And this:

And this:

Some of the plants will be transpla...

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