The native garden

Here are some images of our native (almost all native) garden now.

I am very proud of how it looks and have my vision of how it will look as the plants establish themselves. They do require a little watering now during the summer, and daily monitoring.

Throughout the day we have many visitors - native butterflies such as the hairstreak butterfly, anise swallowtail butterfly, cabbage moths, pygmy blue butterflies, and most often the umber skippers. Many bees are visiting, including honey bees, yellow-faced bumble bees, leaf cutting bees, flower flies, wool carder bees, small carpenter bees and ivory banded digger bees.

Bird visitors include Anna's hummingbirds, Western scrub jays, American crows, California towhees, and Northern mockingbirds.

In the image above are lambs' ears, a wooly sunflower and Siskyou grass.

In this image are lambs ears, gilia capitata, Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Wayne's Silver' (also called California fuschia, and coreopsis grandiflora in the background.

The hummingbirds love the California fuschia, and the bees are constantly visiting the gilia capitata.

Here is a mixture of California native and non-native:

Cosmos Cupcakes White (yes, sometimes they can be pink, in this case bright pink, almost magenta), Orange Sulphur Klondike Cosmos, Amaranthus "Hot Biscuits" in the back toward the left, and in the foreground to the right the light lavender colored Wayne Roderick "Seaside Daisy".

Although the cosmos plants aren't necessarily California natives, they still attract a lot of bees for their pollen and nectar. The seaside daisy is excellent for attracting native bees.

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