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Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) via Instagram – April 16, 2019

What is your favorite flower color? Leave a comment and share! Flowering Now: Calandrinia(?) Spotted in a neighbor’s garden. I am not quite sure of the ID as there have been many new Mediterranean plants in the recently planted drought-tolerant gardens.  These “shouts” of color certainly catch the eye as you are walking by…or even driving.  […]

Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan grows this lovely castor bean including seed pods. While the seeds are poisonous and the caster bean is an invasive here in Southern California, it is often used as an ornamental in […]

A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona

What is your favorite succulent or cactus? Leave a comment and share! A Very Prickly Pear (Opuntia), BioTrek Ethnobotany Garden, Cal Poly Pomona One of several gardens on the Cal Poly Pomona Campus. Although relatively small, this garden has a large collection of plants both outdoors and inside a sizable glass house. “The Rain Bird BioTrek Project […]

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) [Video] (1 minute, 38 seconds)

Valley Carpenter Bee (female) (Xylocopa varipuncta) A female Valley Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa varipuncta) feeds on Mexican sage in my garden a few days ago. I was out working to clear up a mass of grass and weeds caused by the rainy year we have had when I spotted her nearly in my face. I took […]

Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus via Instagram

What is blooming in your garden? Leave a comment and share! Iris on Cal Poly Pomona Campus A lovely bit of Spring as I walked around campus a few weeks ago. The contrast of the bright yellow against the dark@green leaves really made them pop. This great bloom is probably another result of our good winter […]

Flowering Now: Daffodils 2019 via Instagram

What is your favorite sign of Spring? Leave a comment and share! This year’s normal rainfall has made everything jump in the garden, including the weeds, and these daffodils look amazing. They are always a great harbinger of Spring even if they do mean hotter weather is coming.   and Follow Don’t miss a single post! Sign […]

Flowering Now: Gerbera Daisy in the Garden via Instagram

What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and share! It is always a welcome surprise to see these Gerbera Daisies popping up in the garden. They were originally decorations from a close friends memorial service and each time they appear they remind me of him. A great way to keep someone in your memories year […]

Flowering Now: Clivia Blooms in the Garden via Instagram

What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and share! I bought these clivia on discount last Fall and now they are blooming in the garden. I am sure the large amount of rain we received has helped but it great to have some color in this shady part of the garden.   and Follow Don’t miss […]

White Orchids via Instagram

What is your favorite orchid? Leave a comment and share! White Orchids Orchids used to be exceedingly rare but now you can buy gorgeous ones at almost any grocery store. Knudsen and Wimber discovered the secrets of orchid growing and cloning and made these incredibly beautiful, of strange looking, plants available to everyone.  Learn more  and […]

Mums The Word via Instagram

What is your favorite mum? Leave a comment and share! Mums The Word A sea of mums at the local nursery. They had some smaller varieties on sale a few months ago and I have purple and gold varieties there. More signs of Spring.   and Follow Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s […]