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Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

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













































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