Today in the Garden...
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Too much rain for roses
Yes, we just don't anticipate quite so much water-weight when the roses are in full bloom. Today it appears that a few of the climbers would really appreciate more support! Sally Holmes usually doesn't lean over into this sculpture (though I sorta like the effect), and that's Graham Thomas looking rather downcast against the red shed.
all about the wildflowers
Monday, May 09, 2011
Sunol Regional Park in Spring
Two years ago, (and a full month earlier) Tony, his mom, Alice, & I went for a lovely hike in Sunol. We did it again this weekend, and once again it was spectacular-- but with different plants in bloom, and lots of butterflies. We've decided it really should be an annual Spring event.
It appeared that there had been a very recent hatch of these chalcedon checkerspots, and the puddles were full of good-sized tadpoles.
Some pictures from the previous hike are here.
This site helped us to ID a few of the flowers we see less frequently, like Ithuriel's Spear (blue) and the Mariposa Lily (white with red spots) but we have yet to locate this red/violet one... anyone?
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Here come the roses: Golden Celebration!
Monday, May 02, 2011
A 93 wildflower hike!
Yesterday we took a hike-- from Shell Beach inland towards Pomo Canyon (on the Northern California coast, just south of Jenner).
As is our habit, we counted wildflowers along the way, and counted 93!-- about twice as many as any previous hike's total. Yow! (we count *everything*, no matter how small)
Six foot tall Angelicas had to be the hands down stars of the day, but we saw numerous things we couldn't remember having seen before.
I was also rather taken with the unfurling of ferns
...and it was just a spectacular weather day (with a little sunburn on the spots the sunscreen missed).