June 28, 2017

As I've noted in earlier posts, I had never seen so many yellow-faced bumble bees Bombus vosnesenskii before we moved to our home here higher in the East Bay hills. They are the first bees I see in the native plant garden in the morning, and also the last.

In the above...

June 27, 2017

It's so exciting to see the "Golden Form" Mimulus cardinalis plant start to bloom.

This is the first time I planted one of these.

It's always a matter of watching and waiting to see if the plant is happy where you plant it, because you just never know...

This is a streams...

June 26, 2017

I love to buy sustainably grown flowers to add color indoors.

Now that we live in a house that retains a lot of heat, my favorite flowers to buy the past month have been locally grown strawflowers.

They are so vibrant in color, that they are great to keep after they dry...

June 22, 2017

 Lovely animation of the "Story of Flowers"

June 21, 2017

I love to plant cosmos every year.

They are native to the southwestern US and Mexico, and provide nectar and pollen to bees and butterflies.

And look at this, Cupcakes White.

I've never seen these before, until I saw them at Annies Annuals.

This is the first blossom on the...

June 20, 2017

Now that the Lambs Ears plants are growing larger and full of leaves the Wool Carder Bees Anthidium manicatum  are hard at work all day, gathering the soft fiber from the leaves for their nests.

A female wool carder bee, seen from above, is flying above Lambs Ears plant...

June 19, 2017

Aren't these California rose chiffon poppies lovely?

I've never grown them before, and am so excited to see how this plant is thriving in the heat.

The plants do get a small drink of water every other morning.

Still, they are exposed to some intense heat for at least nine...

June 16, 2017

Every morning before before getting ready to leave for work and every evening when I return home, I always check our native plant garden for new developments. Every day another plant starts blooming.

Right now the Tidy Tips plants are drying up, having put on a lovely s...

June 13, 2017

Less than a month ago I planted some vegetable seedlings, hoping that they would grow.

I planted them in a spot where the sun shines at least six hours a day.

And now they are all flourishing.

Above is an image of the blossoms of a Sunset runner bean plant.

I tend to plant...

June 12, 2017

Every day brings new surprises to the patio.

There's always something else that is blooming, bringing a different color.

I'm especially happy to see the Westerland roses blooming.

This plant is growing from a pencil sized cutting I took a couple of years ago from a huge r...

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