Monday, July 1, 2019

Gum-plant

I saw this plant in the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and thought it was really interesting.  The white liquid in the opening blooms had caught my eye.  I had never seen this before it's a Gum-plant or Grinderlia hirsutula.  It's common name is hairy gumplant or hairy gum weed.  The head produces a thick white exudate "gum".  there were a lot of bees going t the flowers but none of them went to the gum.

Gum-plant

Gum-plant

Gum-plant

Gum-plant

Gum-plant

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Matilija Poppies at the Santa Barbra Botanical Garden

The Matilija Poppies are still blooming in the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.  The meadow has basically finished blooming but there are still California Poppies and other wildflowers blooming in other parts of the garden.

Matilija Poppy
The Meadow in the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

Matilija Poppy


California Poppy

California Poppy










Friday, June 28, 2019

Humboldt's Lily

We went on a hike up Rattlesnake Canyon in Santa Barbara and saw this Humboldt's Lily.  I think the color is striking.  This particular plant was on an embankment above the creek and over seven feet tall.  This plant is native to California and I'm going to look for it the next time I'm at the Santa Barbra Botanical Garden plant shop. 

Humboldt's Lily
Mike with Humboldt's Lily

Humboldt's Lily

Rattlesnake Canyon

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Yellowstone National Park - Old Faithful

I try to stick to my theme of 'birds, plants and other things in the garden', but I'm going to post some pictures from a recent trip to the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.  These two national parks are nature's gardens.


It was snowing May 6th, our first day in Yellowstone.  The bison didn't seem to mind.
Bison


Old Faithful Inn

Old Faith geyser,  steaming between eruptions

Old Faithful Inn

Bison grazing



A Blue Heron 

A Buffalo Jam


Madison River

Old Faithful steaming when it isn't snowing


Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park - Geysers, Mudpots and Hot Springs

Here are some pictures of geysers, mudpots and hot spring from various parts of Yellowstone.





A bison enjoying the warm ground