Summer is truly here in our gardens. The past 10 days have been warm and windy - but not as hot as further inland. The flowers of summer are glorious; come see what a summer garden looks like. This is also a great year for butterflies. Come and see them July 8th (9:00-noon) and July 9th (butterfly walk at 1:30; entire Preserve open 1:00-4:00 p.m.) These pictures are from 6/24/2017.
|Some birds have learned to use the bubbler fountain for bathing. Here's a Northern Mockingbird.|
What a neat trick!
|Blooming buckwheats in pinks and peach.|
|Perennial mints are real favorites with the butterflies.|
|Bright Gulf Fritillary on Monardella villosa.|
|The Garden of Health features many useful local medicinal plants.|
|Choke cherry is finally taking off. We plan to espalier it on the wall.|
|The flowers of summer brighten the Garden of Health.|
|Butterflies are doing their courtship dances.|
|Come see Gray Hairstreaks and other butterflies on July 8th and 9th.|
For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Backyard from 2012 to 2016 see: http://www.slideshare.net/cvadheim/mnby-through-the-years