now blooming

May 5, 2017

 

 

Here is our first Navajo fleabane  Erigeron divergens var. divergens blossom.

This is no ordinary daisy, but a rare, very tough native of much of the Western United States.

It is a perennial that bees and butterflies love.

I was very fortunate to find these plants at Annies Annuals https://www.anniesannuals.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black salvia Salvia mellifera is blooming again.

I haven't transplanted it from its pot yet, but I think it will be much happier once it is in the ground. It looked lush and green during the winter rains, but now lost a lot of foliage.

Apparently this can grow quite large and will provide nourishment for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and quail.  Hmm, I haven't seen any quail around here, but maybe one day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looks like we brought a lot of dormant nasturtium seeds with us in the plants when we moved.

And now after all that rain, they are blooming around the backyard, providing nectar for the bees and hummingbirds.

 

Such a lovely blaze of color in shades of orange and yellow.

 

 

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