June 29, 2020

How sweet.

Yesterday morning I discovered these two Yellow-faced bumble bees Bombus vosnesenskii  asleep on separate nude buckwheat  Eriogonum nudum flower heads.

It was cloudy with fog most of the day, with a cold, relentless wind.

The flower heads swayed back and forth...

June 8, 2020

You just never know what you'll discover in the garden, early in the morning.

I was checking the water in the bird bath, and happened to glance over at the Cuphea Minnie Mouse, and saw these two sleeping yellow-faced bumblebees.

It's so hard to fathom how firm the bees'...

June 2, 2020

Other native plants are blooming, and the bees are visiting them.

This is a Cameo Yarrow Achillea millefolium 'Cameo' flower head, with a female sweat bee enjoying the nectar. I haven't spotted any butterflies visiting the yarrow blossoms yet. Hopefully hairstreak and...

May 26, 2020

In the late afternoon, I often find bees, especially honey bees, drinking water in the bird bath.

This is one of the reasons why I have a flat stone in the bath.

The bees can sit on the edge of the stone and sip water off the stone without danger of falling in the water...

May 24, 2020

Well this is the first time I have ever seen two Yellow-faced bumble bees Bombus vosnesenskii

at the same time on a lambs ear, and right next to each other.

Isn't this a wonderful sight?!

Now that the lambs ears are starting to bloom, there is a lot of activity around the...

May 18, 2020

Since we had very warm weather for the past two weeks, some plants such as the Lambs Ears are starting to bloom.

Here is one of the Lambs Ears plants after a good rain shower.

Oddly enough, after a dry spring season, we're getting the kind of rainstorms now that we shoul...

May 11, 2020

It's such a thrill to discover bees sleeping in the garden.

Imagine sleeping right on your breakfast.

This yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii is sleeping on a Phacelia California Scorpionweed.

What a grip these bees must have to cling on to a flower head overnigh...

May 6, 2020

And here is one of our friends, the Yellow-faced Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a Rock Phacelia Phacelia californica.

I'm so happy to have captured this image of the endangered bee on one of our new California native additions to the garden.

This phacelia is also kn...

April 29, 2020

The wool carder bees are back!

And when they are not being territorial about their favorite flowers, chasing away other bees, they can be very cute.

It seems as if just when the native plants start to bloom, more and more bees appear regularly in the garden.

April 13, 2020

It's sheer delight to observe daily the Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees as they visit their favorite nectar and pollen sources in the garden.

As soon as the California poppies started to bloom, these wonderful bees made their appearance.

Lots and lots of poppies to visit.


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