June 29, 2018

Good grief!

It's already time to raise the monarch caterpillars.

I posted pictures last week of a couple of tiny monarch caterpillars I discovered on two of our potted Narrowleaf Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis plants.

In the meantime, I discovered seven monarch caterpill...

June 27, 2018

It's that time of year when the buckwheat plants start to bloom again, just when the late Spring plants lose their blossoms.

And look how lovely the buckwheat blossoms are.

Here is a flower head on the Sea Cliff Buckwheat Eriogonum parvifolium plant.

The plant is also kno...

June 25, 2018

There are so many yellow-faced bumble bees in the garden these days.

I just think they are adorable.

Look at this one on a lavender flower head, and see its cute antennae and an eye.

One of the reasons why there are so many of these bees around the garden is because of th...

June 24, 2018

Our native, or mostly native, garden now is looking just as it should.

This is quite different from our garden at our previous residence, because it gets to be very hot on this hillside.

As the blossoms on some of the Spring through Summer blooming plants dry up, the Sum...

June 23, 2018

And those ladybugs are multiplying on one of the Yellow Coastal Bush Lupines!

Originally I observed some ladybugs eating green aphids on the shrub.

I figured that's great, let them clean up the shrub.

I started to prune a few of the dried up ends of other parts of the shr...

June 19, 2018

I can't believe it, we already have some monarch caterpillars on a couple of our Narrow Leaf Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis plants.

A monarch butterfly made several visits to our backyard, but I thought she was scoping out the status of our milkweed plants growing in p...

June 19, 2018

I just watched this film today and found it very meditative, and informative.

To paraphrase Jan Freriks, the 86 year old master pruner,  "As a gardener you will never be satisfied with your garden. So instead of getting frustrated just do what you are able to, and enjoy...

June 14, 2018

It so much fun to observe bees and butterflies visiting native plants in our garden.

Here is a honey bee heading straight for a Blue Thimble Gilia capitata flower.

These plants are native to most of California and start blooming late Spring through the Summer.

They are dr...

June 12, 2018

The California alba poppies are getting their second round of leaves and blossoms of the season.

And look who is literally rolling in the poppy pollen, a yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii . These bees are sometimes so large and fuzzy, they are almost like litt...

June 12, 2018

Look what I discovered on the same Lupinus arboreus "Yellow Coastal Bush Lupine" where I discovered ladybugs hard at work eating aphids on the shrub.

It is the larva of a ladybug.

I needed to do a little research to figure out what it is, because it's the first time I've...

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