Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

Beautiful cooler-than-average fall weather this week.  Felt (and looked) like October yesterday.  The buckwheats are spectacular this year! Still many butterflies, other native pollinators and dragonflies. We even had a female Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens), an unusual bird for our area, eating elderberries (see below).   Come visit the garden to see just how pretty a fall garden can be. These pictures are from 9/11/16.  


Just enough green to make the garden inviting

The rain garden (left) will need some work this winter

The hybrid Monkeyflowers are looking great in shady places

Not as many California fuschia (Epilobium canum) blooms this year.  The effects of drought
 are everywhere!

Buckwheats (Eriogonum species) are still spectacular!

We may need to start calling Toyon 'California Halloween Berry'.   Fruits are ripening
 way early this year.

Female Phainopepla in the Blue elderberry (wish I'd had my good camera). This is mainly a
 desert bird; eats berries and insects.

Many plants in the Garden of Health, being local natives, are already dormant or nearly so. 

For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Backyard from 2012 to 2015 see:













































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