December 26, 2017

The Sunshine Blueberry plants are producing buds again, and there are a lot.

When they start to bloom the bees will be visiting a lot.

In the early Spring of this year, the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees Bombus vosnesenskii were constantly visiting the blossoms of these plant...

December 24, 2017

This year I decided to have more creatures to the holiday wreath I made.

If you look closely at the wreath, you will see a honey bee, a monarch butterfly and a panda.

I wish everyone a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season and new year!

December 22, 2017

It's nice to see some plants still blooming now, for example some cosmos plants that are growing from seed that fell from plants growing in neighboring flower pots.

These plants are a great source of nectar and pollen for bees.

Even now, as long as these plants are bloom...

December 20, 2017

As you may remember from a November post, we inherited a large Asclepias physocarpa "Family Jewels Tree" milkweed from a friend whose garden plot the tree was overtaking.

It had produced hundreds of seed pods, which were collected first.

Branches had to be sawed off to e...

December 19, 2017

The Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' - Beard Tongue is full of blooms right now.

It seems to like the cooler weather.

Note the nectar guides  (lines) in each blossom, that guide butterflies , bees and hummingbirds straight to the nectar source. As a result, the pollinators spend...

December 16, 2017

This must be one of the Anna's hummingbirds' favorite places in the garden.

Here are Abutilon "Red Tiger", California native Heuchera maxima "Alum Root", and Digitalis hybrid 'Polkadot Pippa', growing in bright shade.

I keep the soil fertile, moist and loose by adding ba...

December 14, 2017

Oh, isn't the Abutilon Red Tiger blossom lovely...

We purchased this plant as a seedling from Spiral Gardens

early Summer of this year. It was about 4 inches high, with a little blossom.

I planted it in a bright shade spot in one of our patio...

December 12, 2017

We are so surprised to see that the figs on our potted Black Jack fig tree are actually ripening now. We bought the tree late Spring of this year.

And starting in the summer, the tree started to produce fruit.

There are a dozen figs, and they have been green for many mon...

December 11, 2017

The Anna's hummingbirds are here all year round.

Although we used to have a nectar feeder set up for them at our previous home, now that I planted a lot of nectar producing plants, it doesn't seem necessary to have the nectar feeder here. 

They still visit the garden oft...

December 6, 2017

Maybe some of you are already very familiar with permaculture.

I didn't know so much about it until I watched a program on Deutsche Welle yesterday about  Le Bec Hellouin farm.

Here is their "Introduction to Permaculture" video.

This all makes so much sense.

I wonder why m...

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