April 29, 2019

 Gotcha!

This is the first ivory banded digger bee Anthophora californica I spotted this year in the garden.

It most likely is a female, with ivory bands, and green compound eyes.

It is so hard to take photos of these bees because they are always in motion, circling quick...

April 25, 2019

I took this photo last weekend of a Sapygid Wasp on one of the Yellow Coastal Bush Lupine blossoms Lupinus arboreus .

And see the nasty plump pale green aphids walking around the blossom and its stalk.

It's the perfect image to demonstrate the fact that wasps are also ve...

April 24, 2019

It's always so exciting to see the first blooms on a plant, especially when you've been battling voracious slugs throughout the late winter.

For example, here is our first Tidy Tips Layia platyglossa blossom of the year.

It is the product of the third Tidy Tips seedling...

April 22, 2019

And here are images from our garden as examples of why Earth Day should be observed every day.

Above is a Yellow Faced Bumble Bee Bombus vosnesenskii covered in pollen in a golden California poppy.

Golden-Crowned Sparrows were very busy in the birdbath today.

I had to fi...

April 17, 2019

We've got superbloom going on in our garden now.

The poppies are growing tall and have such vibrant colors.

These California poppies are growing in a brick planter along with Cream Cups Platystemon californicus . Nearly every morning in March, I picked off voracious slug...

April 16, 2019

Bees are very busy in the garden now.

Just look at the pollen basket on this Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee Bombus vosnesenskii .

These are the first bees that we see in the garden in the springtime.

This is the same bee seen from behind, on the same ceanothus shrub.

Its flattene...

April 11, 2019

Look who is visiting the Silver Bush Lupine Lupinus albifrons “Silver Bush Lupine”.

It's a Black Bottomed Bumble Bee, and look at the red pollen in its baskets.

I planted three of these lupines in pots on the patio, primarily to provide more food for butterflies and to...

April 9, 2019

Can you tell I love poppies?

Here is California Orange Chiffon poppy in the early morning.

At first these poppies are dark orange, then the colors slowly fade, day by day, in the bright sunlight.

Here is a Golden Poppy Eschscholtzia californica, the state flower of Califo...

April 7, 2019

Ah, here is an Anna's hummingbird in its namesake salvia plant Salvia spathacea "Hummingbird Sage".

Hummingbirds and larger bees visit this plant all day.

We have this plant growing in a large pot, and it is doing well, especially when we have a lot of winter rain. It sp...

April 5, 2019

Yes, these look like aliens.

They are new sprouts on one of the showy milkweed plants.

I am so happy to see that not only the narrow leafed milkweed plants are sprouting after a dormant period.

This is the very first time that the showy milkweed plants are reproducing.

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