January 31, 2018

We purchased two "Wooly Angelica" Angelica tomentosa seedlings last October and transplanted them in one of the flower beds on the patio.

Part of the plants turned yellow and withered, and I almost lost hope that they would ever grow.

Now that we have had some winter ra...

January 31, 2018

And here is a Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee, bombus vosnesenskii enjoying the nectar of the Indigo Spires Salvia blossoms.

This plant has grown at least twice in height and width since we transplanted it a year ago in the front yard. It is always in bloom, which is very fortu...

January 29, 2018

How fortunate I was today to observe not one, but two different kinds of bumble bees on the Sunshine Blueberry shrubs today.

Above is a Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee bombus vosnesenskii hanging upside down from one of the blossoms. Look at the distinctive stripe near its bott...

January 25, 2018

Oh, look at this spike of blooming hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea .

This plant is growing in a large pot in on the patio.

Native to southern and central California,this sage spreads through underground rhizomes and is a favorite of hummingbirds for its nectar.

We keep...

January 23, 2018

A honey bee visited mainly the lavender and rosemary blossoms this weekend.

Our rosemary shrub, growing in a container, is full of blossoms.

In the image above you can even see a nice dusting of pollen on the top of the bee's head and thorax.

Here the bee is getting necta...

January 22, 2018

Some of the salvia shrubs are doing so well now.

The above image is of a blossom on the Mexican Bush Sage salvia leucantha that actually spread from our next door neighbor's property border.

I cut it back several months ago when the plant looked very dry with woody bran...

January 22, 2018

I bought three California Delta Sunflower Helianthus annuus seedlings in October thinking they would be dormant until the summer months. They were each about 3 inches high when I transplanted them to the front yard.

Well...two of the plants are now at least 45 inches ta...

January 20, 2018

Both Cuphea "Minnie Mouse" shrubs are thriving in the patio planter beds.

They are currently each 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 feet in height and width, growing in bright shade.

You can see how these flowers got their name.

Dark "mouse ears" sit above the face of the bright coral red, c...

January 19, 2018

We bought four Tidy Tips Layia platyglossa seedlings in October.

Tidy Tips are native California plants, considered inconsistent or low-attractor plants.

I planted them in the front yard and figured they would be dormant until early Spring.

Two of the plants are in bloom...

January 17, 2018

The Ray Hartman Ceanothus shrub is starting to bloom!

This is so exciting for me because we just planted it as a four inch seedling exactly a year ago.

It is now sixteen inches high by twenty inches wide, and thriving.

I'm hoping that the winter rains will encourage it to...

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