“I am a grateful... grapefruit.” ~Bjork
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How many of these can you guess from your own garden or from visiting my previous posts? I’ve posted all of their names except number two this year, so I will get you started with that one!! Happy flower identifying ☀️I will fill them in and credit folks as I get responses! . 1. Mexican Sunflower, Tithonia by @three_quarter_acre_wood 2. Coneflower Tomato Soup, @sojourners_garden 3. 4. 5. Rudbeckia (Hirta, Black-Eyed_Susan) @_evye_89 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 14.
“Close your eyes and squeeze it. Let your fingers do the walkin’...your fingers will know.” . This is what my friend Laurel @laurels_heirloom_tomato_plants told me when I asked her how I can tell when my Cosmic Eclipses are ripe. I’ve also notice that magnificent light red and green strips start to form on their bottoms. As for the tiny red ones, I spent a half hour sitting on my garden stool picking picking every little Heirloom gem of my Hawaiian Current tomatoes, except the #gardentotummy ones. .
“The more I learned about pollinators, the more interested I became in the Queen of pollination: the 20,000 species of bees worldwide that are largely responsible for the seeds of rebirth of three-quarters of the flowering plants in the world. I discovered that assuming, as most people do, that "bee" equals "stinging honey bee" was even more ludicrous than assuming "dog" equals itty bitty Chihuahua.” ~Paige Embry . 🐝 There are over 1600 species of native bees in California. This honeybee is actually not one of them as it originated in Europe. I’m slowly trying to learn all of the native ones that visit my garden. They include the yellow-faced bumblebee, mason bees, and sweat bees that I’ve posted before. I work hard to plant every nook and cranny of my garden with as many pollinator friendly flowers, herbs, and veggies as possible. This Mexican Sunflower or Tithonia, is very popular with both the bees and the butterflies. See my adjacent post of a wonderful visit from a Monarch butterfly earlier this weekend, also attracted by the Tithonia! . Here’s My #topten list of the flowers in my garden that have been most popular with the bees this year: 1. Cornflower or Bachelor Buttons, Centaurea cyanus 2. Giant Catmint, Nepeta faassenii 2. Shasta Daisies, Chrysanthemum x superbum 3. Hidcote Lavender, Lavandula x intermedi 4. Mexican Sunflower, Tithonia 5. Perennial Sunflower, Helianthus Microcephalus 6. Knautia Macedonica 7. Orange Geum 8. Mexican Hat or Prairie Cone flower, Ratibida Columnifera 10. Rudbeckia Hirta, Black-eyed Susan
Sadly our old dog Lucy is on her last legs, but she still loves a fresh picked strawberry 🍓 straight from the garden. . Over the years I have tried to teach her not to pick them herself, because she got too excited and picked them when they were still green and then wasn’t so excited about the flavor. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been quietly gardening nearby only to hear the loud snap of her pulling a green one off the runner. Somehow I finally taught her to only pick them when they were ready—perhaps she has just gotten more patient over the years or finally learned to smell the difference of the yummier ripe ones! She loves carrots 🥕too, but prefers me to pick them for her!☀️
“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.” ~Wendell Berry . Fresh picked strawberries 🍓 straight from my garden! I looked back on my posts from earlier this spring and saw that I posted my first garden strawberry of the year back in early May and I am still picking a handful of these garden gems well into early September, though they are fewer and farther between. I just aerated their soil and put down fresh straw week before last ahead of this months hotter weather. SWIPE to see!☀️🍓
“Flowers rewrite soil, water, and sunshine into petal'd poetry.” ~Terri Guillemets . 🌱Winecups (callirhoe involucrata) or purple poppy mallow. I discovered winecups just a few years ago on our spring visit to @anniesannuals in the Bay Area and it has been on my top ten favorite perennial flowers list ever since. They’re such a beautiful pink hue and produce masses of chalice-shaped flowers that close in the evening and open in the morning. They are also one of the first flowers to bloom in my garden and continue to bloom even as late as November. They are beautiful both in a patch of their own—SWIPE for a stunning view of them against my garden wall—or weaving up amongst other flowers. See some of my previous posts for more captures of both! Originally a prairie wildflower also known as buffalo, rose, or purple poppy mallow.