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!

video

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coleus!

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

The Agave is Withering

All of the energy in the base of the agave is going into the blooms. You can see the leaves are getting scorched and are withering.
Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Last night's activity at the birdbath. A skunk, opossum and a house cat!






Friday, September 15, 2017

Red-shoulder Hawks

This morning I saw a pair of Red-shoulder Hawks in the eucalyptus tree.
Red-shouldered Hawk

Saturday, September 9, 2017

California Thrasher Returns!

It's been six years since I have seen a California Thrasher and I was beginning to think they were never coming back.  However today I heard an unusual bird call and it turned out to be a California Thrasher.  They are easy to identify as they have a long beak.

California Thrasher

California Thrasher



Monday, September 4, 2017

I've enjoyed watching the agave bloom for the last several weeks. The stalk is blooming from the bottom up. The bottom branches are dropping seed pods, the middle branches have blooms starting to open and fully open while the blooms at the very top are still developing before they open. I've also been watching a lot of bees, hummingbirds, orioles, crows and other birds feed on the nectar and distribute the pollen.

Agave Salmiana




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tuberous Begonias!

Here are some of Mike's tuberous begonias.
Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonias

Tuberous Begonia

Tuberous Begonias

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Busy Bees!

The bees are busy in the flowers of the Grewia. 


Grewia bloom & Bee

Grewia bloom & Bee

Grewia bloom & Bee

Grewia bloom & Bee

Grewia bloom & Bee

Grewia bloom & Bee

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Nearly 40 feet tall!

The Agave Salmiana is nearly 40 feet tall.  Here are some pictures from different angles.


Agave Salmiana, 

Agave Salmiana, 

Agave Salmiana, 

Agave Salmiana, 

Agave Salmiana, 
Another interesting thing about this is that there are two smaller bloom stalks coming and her are some pictures on them.  The first one already has blooms on it.


Agave Salmiana, 

Agave Salmiana,