March 31, 2020

I just love the oak titmouse.

They sing and chirp throughout the day, and bathe in the bird bath, but are more elusive than the other birds that visit our garden. I consider it quite an accomplishment when I do capture their images.

This is a particularly sweet pose in...

March 28, 2020

Oh my goodness!

The Siskiyou Woolly Sunflowers Eriophyllum lanatum are slowly but surely starting to bloom, and the color of these blossoms is such a bright yellow, they are almost look fluorescent.

The flower heads seem to hover above their gray green foliage.

This nati...

March 23, 2020

How lovely these blossoms looked as they swayed in the breeze.

The Verbena de la Mina, in the foreground, has grown to almost four times its original size in height and width. There seems to have been enough winter rain to give the plant just the right boost.

Behind the...

March 20, 2020

I finally figured out what kind of digger bee this little one is, an Anthrophora curta.

Until now I only observed Ivory Banded Digger Bees Anthophora californica.

So this is a very exciting discovery for me.


 

Digger bees are solitary and nest in the soil.

Their preferred...

March 19, 2020

Welcome back!

With their population drastically diminishing, anytime I see a Western monarch I find it such an uplifting experience.

And it is extra special when they visit our garden.

This male monarch decided to rest on a dried California Delta sunflower, absorbing the...

March 16, 2020

I LOVE this salad for its amazing flavor and textures.

Try this recipe and it will become your favorite!

I've altered it a little bit from the original, which includes chopped cilantro and a fresh green chile.

For 4 servings:

1 cup couscous

3/4 cup boiling water

1 small oni...

March 13, 2020

Ah, my first observation of the year of a Yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii in a California poppy in the garden.

I rarely see other bees in the California poppies.

The Yellow-faced bumble bees visit them often throughout the day.

I'm so glad to see these poppies...

March 9, 2020

Oh how I love the cedar waxwings!

I look forward to their arrival every spring, and here they are.

This morning was the first time this year that I observed them and heard their distinctive high, thin chirps.

Every morning and late afternoon they perch high up in our neig...

March 7, 2020

Yesterday I wrote a post about the blossoming Island Alum Root Heuchera maxima plant.

Well look who was visiting all of the blossoms early this morning, a California bumble bee Bombus californicus.

Who could resist all that wonderful softness...

What a busy little bumble...

March 6, 2020

Early Spring brings such unexpected surprises in the garden.

The Woolly Angelica Angelica tomentosa plant in one of our plant beds, for example.

I planted the seedling two years ago, and it seemed like a promising start.

But the plant seemed to just barely survive. The tw...

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