November 30, 2017

It rained all day and night on Sunday.

Look at the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’  passion flower now.

The raindrops almost like they are forming a layer of ice crystals on the flower.

It will be interesting to see how long this vine will produce blossoms now...

November 29, 2017

The  Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’  Passion flower vine is starting to bloom again.

Since I have no experience growing passion flower vines, I thought it might just produce leaves in the late fall and winter.

There are now new buds on the vine and the first...

November 28, 2017

The Tidy Tips Layia Platyglossa seedlings that I planted several weeks ago are growing fast and already blooming!

I decided to be pro-active and plant these in the fall instead of waiting until the spring, so that the plants would be better established with the winter...

November 27, 2017

While I was cleaning up the garden this past weekend I noticed that bees are still visiting.

They especially are attracted to the lavender plants.

That is why I am always cutting off the spent blossoms and dried branches.

The plants keep producing new growth, including bl...

November 26, 2017

On this gray, rainy day I thought about our outing a few months ago to Point Reyes, one of my very favorite places to visit when I have a day off.

It was the first time we stopped to see this beautiful historical place.

These Monterey Cypress trees were planted in 1930.

A...

November 22, 2017

My, how different the front yard looks, compared to a year ago!

The yard originally was a lawn bordered by the neighbor's shrubs.

As you may remember from earlier blog posts, we worked hard in the rain, snow, and cold to dig out the grass from 1/4 of the lawn, and transp...

November 21, 2017

I planted two Cuphea sp.'Minnie Mouse' seedlings in the Spring in one of the patio plant beds.

I wanted to have a nice hedge in the back of the bed, that also provided food for the pollinators.

The plants can grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide, with blossoms that provide...

November 20, 2017

The  "Carolina Climbing Aster" Aster carolinianus that I planted in the Spring is now in full bloom.

Just as it was described when I purchased it as a seedling, it is a late bloomer.

At about seven feet tall, it  started to produce more stems and leaves in September, and...

November 18, 2017

I'm so glad that the winter rains are here.

You just never know these days with the change in climate pattern.

The plants look refreshed and lovely with drops of rain on them.

Above are some lambs' ears still looking spongy and glistening after the rain storm.

Little drops...

November 15, 2017

Finally able to capture some images of these adorable little birds.

They fly into the garden often, but they are so quick, that I haven't been very successful taking photos of them.

This past Sunday the bushtits were flocking around the bushes, both in the back and front...

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