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|
|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.|