January 31, 2019

Ah, one of my favorite California natives, the Bird’s-eyes Gilia Gilia tricolor.

They are so lovely with lavender edged petals and bright, almost turquoise blue anthers.

I originally purchased several of these plants as seedlings from Annies Annuals two years ago.

They im...

January 30, 2019

It's so wonderful to see in the garden several plants blooming almost throughout the year, providing nourishment and habitat for the pollinators.

My ultimate goal is to plant native plants that bloom during different seasons to guarantee food at all times, and so far we...

January 28, 2019

It was a dry and fairly sunny day today and some bees were out and about in the garden.

For example this honey bee perched on top of a lavender flower spike, about to sip nectar from a flower. See its proboscis on the left side of its head.

January 25, 2019

Between the rainstorms this yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii has been busy pollinating our sunshine blueberry blossoms.

I couldn't get a good shot of the bee because it was constantly in motion, flying from blossom to blossom. You would think it wouldn't be s...

January 24, 2019

Look who's back!

Last year I planted two Angelica tomentosa "Wooly Angelica" seedlings in one of the patio plant beds. I tended to them, watering carefully several times a week during the dry season.

Alas, they perished.

Early this month, one of them reappeared sprouting...

January 23, 2019

If you want a guaranteed nectar source all year-round, plant lavender shrubs.

Here is a honey bee feeding on nectar from one of our lavender shrubs in the front yard during a break between winter rainstorms.

Note the orange pollen on its leg.

Our lavender shrubs aren't ve...

January 21, 2019

The Northern Black Phoebes visit our yard throughout the year.

I like to observe them perched on a branch or TV cable above the front yard, scanning the area for insects. They chirp as they sit there, and quickly fly up in the air to catch insects. And then they land ri...

January 17, 2019

We are currently experiencing a severe winter storm, a result of the atmospheric stream with its long moisture plume.

While this weather wreaks havoc with flooding, high winds, and steady heavy rain, which sometimes pours down as if the sky is a giant bucket of water, w...

January 16, 2019

It's so nice to see the Ray Hartman ceanothus shrub producing blossoms throughout the winter.

When we lived at a lower elevation in Alameda County, our Ray Hartman ceanothus didn't bloom year-round, only from Spring through Fall.

This ceanothus shrub has been blooming th...

January 14, 2019

Aha, the first ladybird I've seen this year!

It is a seven-spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata on the leaf of a Cream Cups Platystemon californicus leaf.

I didn't realize until now, how hairy the leaves of this native plant actually are.

What a nice place for a ladybi...

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