April 29, 2017

Good grief! Have you ever seen such huge leaves on a poppy plant?

Abut a month ago I bought two Lavender Feathers seedlings from Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/

and planted them in a medium sized planter on the patio.

I would have loved to plant these in one...

April 26, 2017

Now that it's Spring and the plants are getting all their foliage back, more birds are exploring plants on the patio.

Here is a California towhee who was very interested in the lemon verbena plant and the soil in the planter. There must have been some insects on the pla...

April 25, 2017

The hummingbirds are discovering that our patio has a lot of food sources popping up for them.

This hummingbird is taking a rest after sipping on nectar in the Hummingbird salvia and Cuphea Minnie Mouse flowers.

The other evening I observed for the first time ever an Ann...

April 21, 2017

We finally visited the renovated SFMOMA museum.

It's been beautifully remodeled, and one of the new features is a living wall, 30 feet in height and 150 feet long.

The wall was created by Habitat Horticulture.

The living wall is made up of 19,442 plants, 21 of which are n...

April 19, 2017

If you've been following this blog, you know that I am fascinated by raindrops.

Like snowflakes, I don't think any two are the same.

This raindrop was floating on a Lavender Feathers poppy leaf.

It was rather large, and remained in that one spot.

Look how the California po...

April 18, 2017

More rain this weekend, but not as heavy drops as a few weeks ago.

And this photo is an example of sheer luck.

I was taking photos on the patio, and aimed the camera at this Blue Girl rose.

Suddenly the hover fly flew in front of me and into the rose.

The fly was so quick...

April 15, 2017

Well hello there!

Here is a California towhee strolling in the backyard.

As our plants grow bigger, it's great to see all the wildlife visitors they attract.

I am referring to birds, butterflies and bees.

It's been challenging right now to take photos of some of these crea...

April 13, 2017

The green onion is blooming!

We have had this plant for at least seven years, growing in a small pot.

Now and then I harvest some of it to include in food preparation.

And now, after all these years,  it suddenly bolted, developing these beautiful blossoms.

Those little sp...

April 11, 2017

We're already starting to see some of the new plants in the front yard producing blossoms.

It's so exciting because I've never seen of these in nature.

The Tidy Tips  Layia platyglossa plants are both blooming.

Above is an image of one of the blossoms. They have white edg...

April 10, 2017

This is the second year that I planted fava beans.

Last year I had two decent harvests from four plants.

So far they are growing well in a large pot, in spite of being munched on by some critter when the stalks were still small and closer to the soil (see the big chewed...

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