August 31, 2017

As you know from earlier posts, we have a passionflower plant growing above one of the gates to the backyard and patio. It is a Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ that we purchased from Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/

I knew that passionflower pla...

August 30, 2017

Here is an Anna's hummingbird approaching one of the salvia plants in the afternoon.

As you can see, it gets very bright here in the afternoon, and very warm.

And suddenly a hummingbird will fly to one of the salvia plants, California fuchsia or lavender for the nectar.

I...

August 29, 2017

I'm starting to see more carpenter bees visiting the garden.

This California Carpenter Bee female Xylocopa californica was very interested in  the patch of Coreopsis Grandiflora flowers.

In the image above you see her approaching the Coreopsis Grandiflora Heliot flowers.

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August 28, 2017

Last week when I came home from work in the early evening I discovered this Summer Long-Horned male bee Melissodes robustior sleeping on the tip of a petal of the Delta sunflower Helianthus annuus .

We usually have a strong breeze starting up every evening, so the bee s...

August 24, 2017

Sometimes those hover flies just seem to be everywhere I look in the native garden.

They are very attracted to the cosmos blossoms.

And these are the same size as most bees, so if you don't pay close attention to them, you might think they are bees.

The hover fly above is...

August 24, 2017

The Carolina climbing aster Aster carolinianus is growing very well.

We planted it, as a seedling, this year in March (see image below), and it is now thriving.

I was concerned at first that maybe it wasn't getting enough sun.

We make sure that it doesn't dry it and give...

August 22, 2017

I spotted this lovely little male common checkered-skipper pyrgus communis on one of the buckwheat plant flower heads.

It is a very lovely butterfly with a wing span of just 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

The fuzzy body is a striking blue-gray.

August 21, 2017

Ah, here is another yellow-faced bumble bee bombus vosnesenskii collecting pollen from a California poppy. These bees are so much fun to observe because they plop down into the poppy blossoms and then roll around, collecting pollen on their bodies.

Look at the size of t...

August 17, 2017

Very inspiring UK video!

So true about lambs ears - I always observe mostly wool carder bees on the flowers, and the males are VERY territorial. I sometimes feel they try to look menacing when I stand near the plants.

And I had no idea how much bees love dahlias until I...

August 16, 2017

It is so funny to see the local large birds using the bird bath.

The small and medium sized birds, such as California towhees, House finches, sparrows and the occasionally hummingbird, literally bathe and swim there.

And the larger birds don't want to miss out on the fun...

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