Monday, February 8, 2021

A Peruvian Bloomer!

 I've had this Matucana madisoniorum cactus for years and it's a pretty good bloomer. I like the trumpet shape of the blooms.  The spines are unusual and not nearly as scary as other cactus.

matucana madisoniorum

matucana madisoniorum

matucana madisoniorum


White Cyclamen!

 Here is a nice winter blooming cyclamen!



Sunday, February 7, 2021

Feather Cactus

 This is a cactus with soft feathery spines, a Feather Cactus (Mammillaria plumosa).  In the close-up picture you can see the feather structure!  If you have ever looked at a cactus and got spines in your hand, you will appreciate this plant.

Mammillaria plumosa, Feather Cactus

Mammillaria plumosa, Feather Cactus


Sunday, January 24, 2021

California Thrasher!

Looking out the window I noticed a California Thrasher digging between some garden steps.  They are known for their very long and curved bill and are about 11-13 inches in length.  Their range is central and coastal California and in Baja California.




Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Blooming Aloe

 I always like this time of year when the aloes are in bloom.  This is one of my favorite aloes on the hillside. It was planted there many years ago when it was about a 4" or 6" plant.  Now it is about four feet tall.

Aloe

Aloe

Aloe

Aloe

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

First Tomato Harvest For 2021!

 Well 2021 is off to a good start!  I harvested some tomatoes on January 1st.  There are tomato plants are still growing into the new year as they are in the ground in a sunny, warm and protected area.  And there are many green tomatoes are still on these vines!


And I was happy that I picked them before the birds, bunnies or other critters tasted them!





Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Bees In The Grewia

 The bees love the grewia!  Whenever I step out in to the garden with my camera, I can almost always find a bee in the grewia.  And if they are not there, then they are in the rosemary!

Bee in the Grewia

Bee flying into a Grewia bloom