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February 27, 2019

The Angelica tomentosa "Wooly Angelica" is still doing well, growing slowly but surely.

You can see a new stem growing at the base of the plant, about to unfurl another set of leaves.

It is growing in a partially shaded area in one of the patio beds.

This California nativ...

February 26, 2019

I am so thrilled that the Apricot Blush Hellebore is doing well in the garden bed.

It is one of our few ornamental plants growing among California natives.

This is the very first Hellebore we ever planted, and it was an experiment, because you just never know if a plant...

February 25, 2019

It's that time of year to plant...more plants!

I needed to replace a blue sapphire salvia in the front yard because it just wasn't doing well at all, no matter how much care I tried to give it.

We went to Annies Annuals to buy "a few" plants for a replacement for the sal...

February 23, 2019

This wonderful Cuphea plant produces cute little red blossoms with brownish "Mouse Ears".

We have two of these shrubs growing in one of the patio plant beds.

And they seem to be growing in just the right kind of light and soil, in bright shade with good soil.

I fertilize...

February 22, 2019

I was observing through a window the American robins feasting on ivy berries in the backyard.

And look who suddenly flew in the yard to take in the warmth of the sun, a female yellow-rumped warbler. She landed on a tomato cage, where there are some old tomato plants sti...

February 19, 2019

The golden-crowned sparrows seem to have found a nice winter home around our garden.

I look forward every winter to seeing these cute little visitors.

They seem to always find food in the patio garden beds and the yard.

And when the robins take a break from their ivy berr...

February 18, 2019

All those rain showers bring the flowers, and look at these lovely Sunshine Blueberry blossoms.

Today, since we had some sunshine and no rain, the yellow-faced bumble bee was back pollinating these blossoms.

It looks like we should have a lot of berries, but they probabl...

February 15, 2019

The Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora' poppies are getting a lot of rain, which is great because they thrive in the cool temperatures and winter rains we have been experiencing.

A year ago in the spring, I planted a couple of these as seedlings in one of the patio garden beds. Th...

February 14, 2019

Ah, the lovely Helleborus orientalis 'Double Peach Blush' blossom.

I am so happy to see this plant blooming.

It was purchased from Annies Annuals as a seedling last year.

Although most of the plants in the garden are California natives, planted specifically for the pollin...

February 13, 2019

It's that time of year when raindrops cling to new blossoms, looking like jewels until the sun dries the drops or they fly off in the wind.

Here is a China rose slowly opening in the brisk temperatures.

It is a Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' plant that we purchased on a whim...

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December 9, 2019