Sunday, November 19, 2017

Furcraea foetida, a close relative of the agave!

This plant sent up a tall bloom stalk in the past month.  The base of the plant is about 8-9 feet wide but it is hard to see as it is among a bunch of brush on the hillside.  The bloom stalk is about 25+ feet tall.  At first I thought it was another agave, but the blooms were different than the other agave's.  After some research I believe this is Furcraea foetida, which is a close relative of the agave.  It is grown for it's hemp fiber.

Furcrae foetida

Furcrae foetida

This is looking out the kitchen window and down.  You can see the top of Furcrae foetida, but not the base.

Base of Furcrae foetida.  This plant is about 8-9 feet wide.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Black Phoebe

It's been years since I have seen a Black Phoebe and never near the house.  My other sightings have been at Ellwood Beach near the Monarch Butterfly preserve.  Today I looked out into the garden and saw a pair of them.  They have decided to visit the foothills!

Black Phoebe

Monday, October 23, 2017

Here is a picture of a begonia bloom taken with my digital microscope, along with more pictures of the digital microscope setup. I'm having a lot of fun with this.

Digital Microscope with Digital Bloom
Digital Microscope with Digital Bloom

Digital Microscope with Digital Bloom
Digital Microscope with Digital Bloom

Friday, October 13, 2017

Up Close, Begonia Hazel's Front Porch!

I have a new digital microscope and took some close up pictures of a couple of begonia blooms.  First here is the plant, begonia Hazel's Front Porch.

 
Begonia Hazel's Front Porch

Here is the female bloom.

Begonia Hazel's Front Porch - female bloom
Now a picture of the female bloom with the digital microscope.

Begonia Hazel's Front Porch - female bloom
Now here is a picture of the male bloom.

Begonia Hazel's Front Porch - male bloom

And a close up from the digital microscope.
Begonia Hazel's Front Porch - male bloom

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Top of the Agave is Blooming!

The top of the Agave Salmiana is now blooming and the lower branches have seed pods.  The hummingbirds and bees are still busy in the blooms at the top.

Agave Salmiana
Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana
Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

White-Crowned Sparrows

The White-Crowned Sparrows have arrived!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coleus!

Mike has been growing a lot of Coleus this year. This is my favorite.
Coleus