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October 30, 2018

What an unusual sight - this plump little monarch caterpillar was resting on the leaf of a small nasturtium plant growing next to the base of one of the larger milkweed pots.

It must have crawled out of one of the milkweed pots, down to the ground and up the nasturtium...

October 29, 2018

There is a section of the garden beds on the patio where the plants are specifically for our local hummingbirds.

The Abutilon "Red Tiger", or "Red Tiger" Flowering Maple is one of them.

I planted it last year in the spring as a seedling, and it is now over six feet tall,...

October 27, 2018

Last weekend while I was checking out the native plants, something suddenly plopped down in front of me. It was this Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee Bombus vosnesenskii.

It was cleaning pollen off its face and moving the pollen to its baskets on its legs.

I was so happy to see t...

October 23, 2018

And just like clockwork, the Climbing Carolina Aster Ampelaster carolinianus is starting to bloom again.

This nonnative perennial vine starts to bloom in late October through December or January, providing pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies.

For much of the year...

October 22, 2018

Well look who is having a great time in the birdbath, a hermit thrush.

It may be the same bird I saw in the morning in our neighbor's camellia tree.

I was on the patio this afternoon, looking through a box of dried wildflowers and started to hear soft splashes of water.

A...

October 18, 2018

What a lovely female monarch.

We released her a couple of days ago a few hours after she emerged from her chrysalis.

So far we've released 67 monarchs, with an almost equal amount of females and males.

Currently one caterpillar is creating its silk pad from the ceiling of...

October 16, 2018

Even though a lot of plants are going dormant, we still have bees and butterfly visitors in the garden every day.

As long as there are nectar and pollen sources they will come.

The indigo spires salvia is still producing blossoms on its spires.

Currently it is one of two...

October 15, 2018

This weekend we purchased several pumpkins to carve for Halloween.

And then I saw these.

Doesn't this squash look just like the profile of a swan?

I think it's so lovely with the striking contrast of bright yellow and dark green.

And this squash looks like the head of a b...

October 10, 2018

When we went to Annies Annuals last weekend to buy "a few plants", I couldn't resist a Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' China Rose plant.

I try to stick with mostly native plants, but this lovely rose plant produces throughout the year blossoms that shift in color from orang...

October 9, 2018

I planted the Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' as a 4" small seedling in early Spring of last year.

As a California native, it would have been a great complement in the front yard to the Ray Hartman ceanothus on the opposite side of the almost all native garden area.

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