January 31, 2017

The lovely Turkish poppies took over one of the flower pots and are thriving.

These poppies self-seed easily and seem to be happiest when they are not growing in direct sun.

As the poppy in the image above is slowly dropping its petals, another one is slowly opening up.


January 30, 2017

This weekend, with the slightly warmer temperatures, and clear skies, a few bees were out and about in the garden. I was so excited to see a honey bee on a lavender whorl, enjoying the nectar of the little blossoms.

A few minutes later I noticed a hoverfly around the Me...

January 26, 2017

All this rain means that the flowers are still blooming.

In the photo above you see the Sapphire salvia still blooming.

Usually at this time of year the plant is quite dormant, only producing new foliage.

I'm trying to be vigilant, trimming the stalks with dried blossoms...

January 23, 2017

During a short period of sunshine, while I was pruning some dead branches in the backyard, I kept hearing a very loud chirp. I looked up and saw this Anna's hummingbird sitting on a branch.

Until now I have only observed hummingbirds singing or chirping, but never heard...

January 19, 2017

There are always American robins around the garden, high up in the trees.

They seem to like to travel in groups of five or six.

Every morning I see and hear them up in the neighbor's tree.

I'm still trying to figure out what kind of tree it is, possibly some kind of pine...

January 17, 2017

Many surprises in the garden.

So let's start with the good.

Apparently the former tenant of this house planted a lot of bulbs in a bricked plant bed in the front yard as well as in the patio.

With all the winter rain all kinds of things are sprouting.

In the photo above ar...

January 16, 2017

Look who is visiting the backyard - a golden crowned sparrow!

They migrate as far south as Baja, California in the winter from southern British Columbia.

This sparrow is  a "first winter" golden crowned sparrow, very young.

Apparently they prefer to be in the hills of coa...

January 12, 2017

Our first major storm of the winter has subsided.

It is welcome rain for the plants.

And maybe, just maybe, our tulips will actually bloom again this year...

Look at the plump shiny drops of water on the tulip leaves!

I emptied all the rain water that collected in the empt...

January 10, 2017

During a short break from the winter rains, I opened the kitchen door to take out the Christmas wreath to the compost bin. I suddenly heard very loud chirps.

I turned around to see a Northern Mockingbird perched on a branch of a tall shrub.

It looked right at me as it co...

January 9, 2017

During a break between heavy rains, I checked the patio this afternoon.

A lavender Turkish poppy plant is growing in a container where I originally planted a milkweed plant last summer. The milkweed plant fed the two monarch caterpillars that we observed and nurtured un...

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