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January 31, 2020

If you've been following my blog posts, you know how passionate I am about creating habitat for pollinators.

I couldn't resist sharing this Wumo comic strip.

January 29, 2020

This Northern Black Phoebe seems to be very comfortable in our garden.

It visits throughout the day, chirping, and always on the watch for insects.

Apparently it finds a lot of food here.

It is perched here on a dried Delta Sunflower plant that I left in the ground, for...

January 27, 2020

A White Throated Sparrow has been visiting our garden for the past few days.

I thought at first that it was a white crowned sparrow with unusual markings - the white throat and yellow markings near the eyes. But it turns out to be a white throated sparrow, which is very...

January 24, 2020

Ooh, the Verbena De La Mina is starting to produce its first blossoms of the year.

It's so wonderful to see because last year the voracious slugs devoured the entire plant down to the nubs. It's possible that the plant was spared this year because I didn't plant Platyst...

January 22, 2020

The brown-eyed bushtits visit the garden several times a day, in a flock of at least a dozen.

They seem to find a lot of insects to eat, flying from shrub to shrub, tree to tree.

From a distance they look like cute little balls of fluff, but they actual have very intense...

January 20, 2020

Our first sunny day in a week, and look what I'm seeing in almost every empty area of the front yard, California poppies sprouting everywhere!

They're even sprouting through the wood chip path, but I guess I'll leave them alone.

I used to think poppies bloomed once, and...

January 18, 2020

After several cool, gray days and a gully-washer of a rainstorm yesterday, the sunshine was sheer delight today.

While checking out the backyard and patio, I heard the distinctive humming of a bumble bee.

I looked up toward the neighbor's ivy vines, and sure enough, ther...

January 14, 2020

While moving some pots around on the patio, I was pleasantly surprised to see the freesias pushing up their foliage in a pot that I had under the lemon tree.

The pot has now been moved, along with a second freesia pot, to a more prominent place on the patio, their usual...

January 11, 2020

The Northern Mockingbirds seem to be very comfortable around the garden, all year round.

A couple of them checked out the garden beds for insects and berries.

And they scored with the asparagus fern. Unbeknownst to me, there were some ripe red berries somewhere in the pl...

January 7, 2020

After heavy rains, the California hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea is producing its first blooms of the year.

This plant is native to southern and central California.

It spreads by rhizomes, but since our plant is growing in a large pot, it is contained, not sprawling.

W...

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