Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard


Pictures from 7/12/14. It's summertime - the bloom season is progressing fast due to hot, dry weather (see Bloom Calendar).  The most color right now is from the several species of buckwheat.  We're thankful to have these dependable, water-wise plants that that bloom like crazy - and attract scores of insects - even during a three-year drought.
 
 

Toyon espalier has lots of green fruits - and needs some trimming

Dune buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium) foreground; mounded California buckwheat cultivar
 (Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Dana Point' in background

California goldenrod (Solidago californica) around the fountain is preparing to bloom.
  This is very early - usually blooms in September.

Red buckwheat (Eriogonum grande var. rubescens) contrasts nicely with
 Eriogonum parvifolium (white flowers).

Plenty of fruits on the Blue elderberry for jelly, syrup, tea - and of course the Northern
 Mockingbirds and other feathered friends


The Garden of Health is trying to survive its first summer.  We're glad we limited the number
 of plants we installed in this difficult drought year.



















 
 
 




















 










 
 



















 

































 

 
 


 










 































 
 











 







 


 


 





 






 



 



 














 
 















 





































 
































































































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