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Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

We've had a very dry March (often one of our wettest months) and Spring is progressing quickly in Mother Nature's Backyard.  Come out and see us soon - many plants are leafing out and/or blooming.   These pictures are from 03/14/17 and 3/19/17.  

Desert species are starting to leaf out.  This is Desert olive (Forestiera neomexicana)

'Ray Hartman' Ceanothus remains spectacular.

Arroyo lupines (Lupinus succulentis) are always a spring treat!

Woodmints (Stachis bullata) are a hit with hummingbirds.

Classic California color combo - yellow and purple.

Hybrid monkeyflower in large containers on porch.

Another desert shrub/tree - Desert peach (Prunus andersonii) should really take off this year.


Lupinus longifolius adds its sweet scent to the garden.

New butterfly/insect water source (bowl of moist soil)

Coral bells (Heuchera spp) are starting to bloom in the Garden of Health.

Mother Nature's Garden of Health - as green as it ever gets!

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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