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Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Purple Sage ( Salvia leucophylla ) Butterflies are among the most attractive visitors to any garden.   ...

Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

Oh my gosh - it's been really hot this weekend!  The flowers of summer are glorious; come see what a summer garden looks like. Check our calendar for hours - we're limiting our hours a bit in July & August. Bring a plastic bag if you'd like to pick some elderberries from our tree.  This is also a great year for butterflies and other pollinators.  These pictures are from 7/8-9/2017. 

Blue skies and hot, humid weather.  The summer monsoons are early!

Look at all the berries on the elderberry. Back porch is shady & inviting.

Blooming buckwheats contrast nicely with evergreen shrubs, trees.

Butterfly walk saw some garden butterflies.

Tracy Drake 'captures' a butterfly.
Full on summer.  Look forward to elderberry providing more shade!
Garden of Health is sunnier after trees to south were pruned.  Summer pruning - not
 a great idea in blazing hot weather.

Narrowleaf milkweed is producing seeds.

The Monardellas are attracting lots of butterfly attention.
For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Backyard from 2012 to 2016 see: http://www.slideshare.net/cvadheim/mnby-through-the-years













































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