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August 31, 2018

The Cosmos Cupcake White blossoms are a great attraction for bees.

Not only are these very lovely blossoms, but they also provide nectar and pollen, as well as a safe place to sleep.

Here are two Summer Longhorn male bees settled down for the night.

As long as the blossom...

August 29, 2018

Many native butterflies visit our mostly native garden.

Some are so small that you might not even notice them unless you remain still for a while and see them flitting among the plants.

The California hairstreak Satyrium californica has a wingspan of only 1 to 1 1/2. The...

August 28, 2018

Whenever we release monarchs from their "nursery" mesh cages, it's such a joyful event.

Sometimes they immediately fly out of their cage, high into the air and over the roof.

This especially happens if they eclosed the previous day, but it was too late to release them th...

August 27, 2018

The naked buckwheat Eriogonum nudum has tall, bare, leafless stems, topped with rounded clusters of white and pale pink flowers. The flowers slowly turn to the color of rust in late summer through autumn.

It is native to the west coast of the United States, growing from...

August 27, 2018

We are still releasing monarchs as they eclose / emerge and are ready for their adventures outdoors.

Each one reacts a little differently when released.

For example this female decided after it climbed out of the hamper,  that Tony's sleeve seemed like a good place to re...

August 23, 2018

We planted California Delta Sunflowers again this year, but for some reason they aren't thriving as well as the ones we planted last year.

Only one of the three that we planted is growing taller, but only about four feet, and with just a few small branches. But the flow...

August 20, 2018

This lovely plant, Woolly Blue Curls Trichostema lanatum was planted a month ago as a seedling in our mostly native garden area.

It is native to coastal chaparral areas of California and northern Baja California.

Woolly Blue Curls is a small evergreen shrub that grows to...

August 20, 2018

Now that the oregano plant is blooming, the bees have another food source.

Here is a yellow-face bumble bee foraging for nectar and pollen among the blossoms.

Look at those eyes and antennae.

August 17, 2018

The leaf cutter bees are back and I'm seeing them on many flowers in the garden.

Here are two leaf cutter bees, one about to land on the blossom of a Bishop's Children dahlia plant, another following closely behind.

Although the Bishop's Children dahlias are not Californ...

August 16, 2018

As we all know, gardens don't necessarily look their best in the month of August, when most plants are no longer producing blossoms, and everything is getting dry.

I think our garden still looks pretty good right now, especially the native plants.

The plants get a decent...

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December 9, 2019