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March 30, 2017

I checked this book out from the library yesterday.

If you have a large property with land that could be changed to a meadow, this book is very informative, with beautiful examples of how one can transform a field into a habitat for local pollinators.

March 28, 2017

The mockingbird couple is now picking twigs for nesting material.

Above is an image of one of the mockingbirds about to eat some ivy berries.

And below you see a mockingbird  in drizzly weather with a beak full of twigs.

March 27, 2017

While gazing out the window at the backyard, I suddenly noticed two flashes of lemon in the light rain. A pair of hooded orioles!

The female disappeared from view by the time I got my camera, but the male stayed for about five minutes to check out the area. This is so e...

March 25, 2017

Finally transplanted one of the Hot Lips salvia in one of the planters.

It is the larger plant with a lot of leaves, supported by arched bamboo rods.

To the left the brown stump actually is a grapevine left from a former tenant.

I thought that all of the winter rains woul...

March 22, 2017

We set up two trellises last weekend, one around each back gate, for vines to grow across.

In the image above a tendril from the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana 'Oaklandia' wraps itself around the rod for one of the trellises.

This vine likes to be in either part shade...

March 21, 2017

The freesias are blooming, and their lovely scent perfumes the air.

I even observed a honey bee exploring them.

And the camellia bushes are now full of blossoms, such as this lovely pink one.

March 21, 2017

Today I worked mostly in the rain.

I'm just trying to transplant all the potted plants that should be in the front yard while we are still in the rainy season.

So far there are sixteen plants in the front yard.

You can see the big difference in this part of the yard.

There...

March 15, 2017

So many birds around here, it's such a delight to see and hear them.

The mockingbirds are the first we hear early in the morning, and the last in the evening.

Above is an image of a mockingbird sitting by ivy berries, singing its vast repertoire.

And it just keeps singing...

March 13, 2017

Here is our friend Bombus vosnesenskii  the Yellow-faced Bumble bee worker again, on a Sunshine blueberry stem.

Such a cute, large fuzzy bee.

And here it is on another cluster of blueberry blossoms.

If you look carefully you will see the white pollen collecting on its abd...

March 11, 2017

 image by Megan E. Leach

Great article from "The Humane Gardener"!

http://www.humanegardener.com/how-to-really-save-the-bees/

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