March 31, 2018

I just can't help myself when it comes to plants.

Somehow I feel you just can't have enough of them.

A few weekends ago we went back to Annies Annuals

where I purchased this Clematis "Avant Garde" vine.

It should produce very beautiful double...

March 31, 2018

Well, just when I was giving up on the Ribes sanguineum v. sanguineum 'King Edward VII' red flowering currant, look at it now!

We planted it a little over a year ago.

There were a few green leaves on it at first, but then the summer heat dried it up, in spite of my caref...

March 30, 2018

Bees are busy in the front yard now that a ground cover plant that I can't identify is producing tiny lavender colored flowers.

The "lawn" is made up of the ground cover plant, grass and clover.

There seems to be a lot for bees and birds to feed on.

Last Sunday when the s...

March 29, 2018

The yellow-faced bumble bees are always busy in the garden.

Here is one foraging for nectar and pollen from a lavender plant on the patio.

And here is another one resting in the grass, in the sun, in the front yard.

Minutes before the bee was visiting California Delta sun...

March 28, 2018

After several days of rain, it's always a treat to see remaining water drops on plants.

For example these freesia buds and blossom were covered with little pearls of water, that seemed to defy gravity.

The stems of the freesias were encrusted with rows of rain drops.

March 27, 2018

 As you may recall from previous posts, we use a suet cage feeder to fill with nest materials for birds.

It is filled with thin dried stems from plants such as the sweet alyssum plant, because I noticed that mourning doves like to use these stems for their nests.

And mo...

March 27, 2018

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of one of our indoor orchid plants.

It started to produce buds after a year.

It was a pleasant surprise because the previous spikes never dried out, so I couldn't prune them.

I also don't remember giving the orchid any food.

Both orchid...

March 24, 2018

The American Robins have been in residence since early February in our neighbor's coastal redwood tree. We hear them chattering and singing from early morning to sunset, flying to and from the tree.

The Cedar Waxwings arrived two weeks ago, and now the tree is just a hu...

March 22, 2018

Between rainstorms on Sunday I inspected the patio and rest of the backyard to see if anything new was sprouting.

Hearing buzzing sounds I first noticed a honey bee flying in and out of a daffodil blossom.

This must be the first time I've seen a bee around daffodils.


March 20, 2018

This weekend I was re-potting some plants on the patio and heard a lot of rustling in the nearby shrubbery.

I quickly ran in the house to get my camera to try to get some photos of birds.

Walking quietly to a side of the yard where there are large tree branches hanging d...

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