Bottlebrush for the hummingbirds
Street-corner Honeysuckle flourishes with little to no attention.
Leatherleaf Mahonia, part of our natural fence of many different holly varieties & 2 types of Mahonia.
What are these insects? Check out the ones hiding under the leaf. Wonder if they are responsible for the chomp out of the leaf on the right?
Sneaky Buckmoth caterpillar that nailed my knee. He looks completely unfazed by the whole incident.
Desmond the Decollate Snail. or Rosy Wolfsnail?
Mosquito Hawk perched on Starfish Cactus.
Starfish Cactus Bloom
butterfly with broken wing in the succulent barrel...
wait, he's still alive!
How long can a butterfly live with a missing wing in the freezing cold? So far, 7 days. It's always in the same spot I leave it, yet lively. Day 7 - Gerberas died in the freeze, so I moved this guy to the new daffodils.
Sly chews on an heirloom catnip leaf while unbeknownst to him, the source has just been planted a few inches away. Will this plant survive? To be continued...
profuse blooms of pink jasmine -- smells as though someone spilled a jug of perfume on the front steps. passersby seem to like it, but it can be overwhelming.
this butterfly won't be still for a photo
butterfly on lime tree
another decollate or rosy wolfsnail
Beginning of The Gulf Fritillary Invasion. Considering a relocation plan for them, so they don't entirely devour my purple & white passionvine while it gets established. Is there anything else these aggressive buggers eat?
Just when I thought the Dinnerplate Hibiscus was dead as a doornail, it turns out that it was just dormant for 6 whole months. Looks like asparagus shoots!
Aloe blooms with blue and yellow tips
strawberries, year 2, sneakily spreading throughout our front garden bed
Make way for the Blue Cadet Hosta, cause here it comes.
Snail and tennis ball
passiflora, food for gulf fritillary
Vietnamese cilantro, rosemary, strawberry and nigra hollyhock
Cleome for the micro-butterfly garden
Gaura to accompany (or compete with) the wormwood
Hoya Carnosa, also referred to as Krinkle Kurl & Hindu Rope
Hoya Carnosa. 1 strand left from original plant and it took 2 years to bloom.
Possibly stink bug nymphs? Can't take any chances. Sweet pea currant tomato started from seed is doing too well. Photo taken prior to being shop vacc'd.
French Round Zucchini blossom - started from seed.
Sylvester's expression describes how I have grown bored of Farmer's market Early Girl tomatoes. Next to Sly's ear is a sweet pea red currant tomato. Plucked before ripe because it has been there for a couple weeks now & is shaded by the 4' tomato tree.
"Ace of Spades"
Mystery bee balm - I did not plant this.
Gulf Fritillary on pincushion flower
gulf fritillary butterfly on scabiosa "ace of spades"
Ladybug checking out strawberry plant
Ladybug inspecting the jade for intruders. . .
Plumeria, loving the drought.
mystery succulent solved: Aptenia cordifolia
Seymour's side view. (can't remember what this bulb is, so till we find out, it's Seymour.)
Feed Me Seymour! It has not rained here in over a month. Thank goodness for auto-watering systems...
New addition to the wine circle.
Dahlia + baby assassin (nymph)
Tomato invasion. . .
Red Currant Sweet Pea tomatoes
Dinnerplate Hibiscus, making a comeback from a short stump
Dinnerplate hibiscus after the rain, soon to bloom.
Dinnerplate Hibiscus Bloom
difficult to hold tape measure & snap a photo, but to get an idea of the span of the hibiscus bloom...
dinner plate hibiscus closeup
Milkweed assassin nymph hunting for Sunday brunch. Who needs chemicals when you have troops like these who eat mosquitoes, aphids and other bugs.
Portulaca with an identity crisis
Tadpoles rescued from the traffic
Cat's Whiskers + cat with lemongrass
Green anole observing the new patio pond
Swallowtail caterpillar on bronze fennel
Camera-shy Swallowtail caterpillar on fennel
Rosy wolfsnail (carnivorous) crossing the sidewalk and into the Maiden of Orleans jasmine.
Tiniest frog I've ever seen.
toadlet or froglet?
Baby frogs or toads, emerging from tadpole phase. One by one, they depart from their 2+ week stay in their makeshift box turned spring-water oasis.
Automeris IO caterpillars on goldflame honeysuckle
Greenhouse frog (?) eggs, a pair of legs are visible.
Automeris IO caterpillar
mystery mushrooms at base of palm
dragonfly perched for over a day now
mushrooms at base of palm
Anole lizard devours cockroach. (One of the many reasons we love them.)
Golden Shrimp or Lollipop plant. Pachystachys lutea
Baby anole sitting on bronze fennel
Guppy plant - Nematanthus gregarius
Merlin's Magic Coleus