This gorgeous plant photographed at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.  It is one of the best providers of natural nectar for hummingbirds. On Today’s Date in the Past: Grasshopper One Thing, Three Ways:  Corks

One of the plants that intrigued me most at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park was the pitcher plant.  I’d never heard of the carnivorous plants before, but when I thought of the possibility of a plant that could attract and eat all of the mosquitoes and ticks that are so bad here in the […]

Similar to my “A Tale of Two Blue Jays” post, this post is the tale of two pineapple plants. This pineapple plant was shot with my old camera at Powell Gardens. And the pineapple plant image below was taken with my new camera, at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, as I work […]

This guy has been getting into my garden and feasting on all of my spring goodies.  Hopefully the new fence, sprayed with an extra dose of invisible fence for good measure, will deter him from now on.

Speaking of attracting pollinators into my garden, I don’t believe this flying insect landing a sage flower is a bee but rather a type of fly called a hover fly or a flower fly. Unlike a bee, it doesn’t have a stinger.  Like a bee, it helps with pollination.  Sounds like a win/win to me!

One section of my garden is dedicated to perennial flowers, especially those that attract bee and butterflies.  One of the first plants to flower each year opens up small, bluish/purple flowers, and I’ve finally identified it as flax. While my flax exists only to be beautiful and attract pollinators to my garden, the plant is […]

Things have been a bit rocky in my garden this year.  To make way for a lovely, new fence, the old fence was torn down.  The usually reliable Liquid Fence failed me (probably because of all the rain we’ve had), and the rabbits and deer had a field day.  All of my spring veggies are gone: […]