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Current Photos of Mother Nature's Backyard

Record high heat this week have brought in summer. The garden really looks like S. California summer.  Spectacular right now are the several species of buckwheat, Blue elderberry (berries ready to pick), Cliff aster, the shrubby mints, Southwestern mock vervain and Laurel sumac. This is a great time to see all the butterflies and insect pollinators that visit the garden (bring your camera). These pictures are from 7/5/2018. 

Summer features greens and pastels in Mother nature's Backyard.

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) is beginning to bloom.

Time to pick elderberries!!!
Buckwheats dominate the new pollinator garden.

Dudleyas in the Dudleya Folly are drying down slowly.
Summer perennials beginning to dominate our Garden of Health

At 4 1/2 years, parts of the Garden of Health are maturing.

Many colors of buckwheat (hybrids between Eriogonum parvifolium x E. grande rubescens)

Yerba mansa in a pot is starting to bloom.

Butterflies love the shrubby mints!

For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Backyard from 2012 to 2017 see: https://www.slideshare.net/cvadheim/mnby-through-the-years-90390413
For a slideshow of Mother Nature's Garden of Health from 2014-2017 see: https://www.slideshare.net/cvadheim/mngoh-through-the-years













































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