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June 16, 2016

If you ever see Masumoto farm fruit in your grocery store, you MUST buy some! I bought some of their nectarines last week, and they were the most delicious nectarines I ever ate!

If you are in the Bay Area, Masumoto fruit is available at Berkeley Bowl, Good Eggs, Bi-Rit...

April 25, 2016

Yesterday there were apricots at our local Farmers' Market, the first of the season.

We always go to the Frog Hollow stand to check the fruit, and they had these beautiful Apache  apricots.

They smell wonderful and are delicious!

 

 

Frog Hollow Farm also offers home delive...

June 22, 2015

Honey bee flying in the lavatera shrub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2015

Yesterday I took this image of a cabbage moth flying to a patch of lobelia. These are some of the same lobelia plants I dug out of the hard clay soil between bricks a few months ago, when the lobelia plants were seedlings 1/2" to 1" high. Lobelia plants reseed themselv...

June 19, 2015

The Ray Hartman ceanothus, also called California lilac, is native to California. It tolerates very dry conditions, and needs to grow in well-draining soil.

 

I have never seen the one we have growing in the garden bloom later than spring, when it is laden with these bea...

May 19, 2015

 Delta Sunflower helianthus annuus

 

Every year I buy a couple of sunflower seedlings from Annies Annuals as a treat for the bees. I have never had luck growing a sunflower plant from seed because as soon as it would sprout to about 1 inch tall, something would bite them...

May 16, 2015

carpenter bee and honey bee on Dwarf Indigo Spire

 

All day long this plant attracts and feeds the bees. It's truly an example of "if you plant it they will come". In the above photo the honey bee is on the lower right of the spire while the carpenter bee is a little hig...

May 14, 2015

 

Honey bee on Lisbon lemon blossoms

 

As you may remember from one of my early April posts, we discovered that the beloved lemon tree was under siege of white fly blight. We knew that we had to apply some kind of treatment to get rid of, or at least lessen the problem to...

May 8, 2015

 

Here is one of the first ripe Sunshine blueberries on our bush!

We were worried for a while last month since we're really cutting back on the plant watering.

We thought the berries wouldn't ripen!

 

But we do try to give the plant enough water using a "plant nanny" and it...

May 6, 2015

Cranberry cosmos, a member of the cosmos bipinnatus family, note the honeybee feeding on nectar in the center of the flower

 

Cosmos are nonnative annuals, native to Mexico and the Southwestern US. You will want to plant the summer blooming cosmos bipinnatus and not the...

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