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July 31, 2019

So nice to see a leaf cutting bee on the Rudbeckia hirta "Chim Chiminee".

This is a hard to find "Black Eyed Susan" that I purchased from Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/ as a seedling.

Although I planted it as a nectar plant for butterflies, it's great to...

July 31, 2019

These aren't the greatest images, but they were taken through both a glass and screen sliding doors.

It was evening and I happened to look out at the patio when I heard some movement in the garden beds. First a skunk emerged from the upper garden bed Cuphea Minnie Mouse...

July 29, 2019

Here is a Yellow-Faced bumble bee flying in the California Thai Silk poppy patch.

Look at all that pollen in its basket!

July 26, 2019

Aside from being a passionate organic gardener, planting for the pollinators, I am also an avid reader.  I have many nature-themed books about pollinators, other beneficial insects, both non-fiction as well as poetry and prose.

Here are some very wonderful books that yo...

July 23, 2019

Here is one of the caterpillars who were still tiny eggs nineteen days ago.

It is a little less than 1/4 inch long, and is on a showy milkweed leaf, on the plant where it started out as an egg.

It is of great concern to me that there are very few of these caterpillars on...

July 22, 2019

Some of the plants in our garden I intentionally planted for our local hummingbirds as their nectar source.

Instead of a feeder, which we had kept full of nectar in the backyard of our former home, we decided it best here that the hummingbirds get their nectar from natu...

July 19, 2019

Just look at all that pollen that this Summer Long-horned female has groomed into its scopa on its hind legs. Yes, all that bright yellow on its legs is pollen.

I can't tell if this is a Melissodes robustior or Svastra obliqua expurgata.

But I know that this is a Summer...

July 18, 2019

Flower flies, otherwise known as hover flies or syrphid flies, are common visitors in gardens, but because some of them, like this one, closely resemble bees in coloring and size, they may often go unrecognized.

This flower fly, an Eristalis arbustorum, is one of the mo...

July 15, 2019

And they will help feed you.

It's that time of year when we see the lovely and tasty results of a great team effort, ours and the bees'.

Without the bumble bees we wouldn't have these beautiful purple cherry tomatoes.

Or luscious strawberries. And believe me, these are l...

July 13, 2019

At last! Hopeful signs on the milkweed!

I spotted a monarch butterfly flying over the patio sometime in June, and hoped it was a female that was ready to lay her eggs on our lush potted milkweed plants.

She may have returned to our milkweed pots shortly after, because ea...

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