Archive for the ‘Trees’ Category


Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Melanerpes formicivorus (Acorn Woodpecker)

Visited our 40′ plus oak trees yesterday morning. I heard it before I could sort of see it. Really too far away to get a photo. Even though the photo isn’t great, it records when the woodpecker visited the garden.


Cornell Lab


Snagged my Attention

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Beautiful find when I exited the hospital. I had just completed a pulmonary function test. Feeling a bit high from the albuterol, so I decided to wander around in the parking lot a bit.

The shape is nice.

The bark is an amazing beautiful green.

The flowers are cheerful.

When I did a google image search, I hit on Cercidium-Parkinsonia. The images do appear similar. May or may not be the correct identification.

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute at Cal Poly

This is on my list of nurseries to visit.
Las Pilitas Nursery (Native Plants)

Sansevieria Flowers in Garden

Monday, July 12th, 2021

This is an unkempt section of the courtyard. There are several inches of oak and pine litter that I haven’t had the energy to clean up.

Sansevieria Fireplace

Inside the ‘fireplace’ there are several starts of Trapped Cactus, Sansevieria, and miscellaneous other plants.

Left to their own devices three Sansevieria have flower stems.

Sansevieria Buds

Sansevieria Flowers

Sansevieria Flowers

Not a single Sansevieria potted up inside and cared for, is blooming. Perhaps a plant can be given too much care?

New Growth–Brachychiton

Monday, June 14th, 2021

March 2016, I gathered seed pods from the Home Depot parking lot.

Brachychiton Pods

I planted several seeds. Nine trees survived. The trees are 18″ to 36″ in height. Seven were transplanted next to the garden wall.

Two trees are still in pots. One has some beautiful new growth. I hoped that the buds would become flowers. They chose to become more leaves.

Brachychiton Tree

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Found Brachychiton Pods

Oak Pollen Litter

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Oak Pollen

Oak Pollen

Blooming Monday May 10th

Monday, May 10th, 2021


One of Multiple Brugmansia in the Orchard

White Rose

White Rose the Blooms Nearly All Year

Faux Strawberry

Faux Strawberry

Evening Primrose

Self Sowed Evening Primrose




French Lilac




Cymbidium Still Blooming

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple that appeared to be dying in the garden. Potted it up. Now looking great.

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet

Cactus Red Flower

Cactus First Flower of the Year

Burgundy Plum in Flower

Thursday, April 29th, 2021


 Bee on Plum

Apple Trees

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Cripps Pink, Pink Lady

Apple Cripps Pink

Apple Tree with Three Types of Apples: Anna, Fuji, and Dorsett Golden

Apple Anna


Apple Fuji

Bee Showing Interest in Pink Lady Flowers

Apple Anna with Bee

More Pine and Pollen

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021




Garden Finds

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

How was the hole made? An animal?



Nope, it was the location of a large pinecone.

The pinecone was eaten by some type of animal.
Eaten Pinecone

Pine Pollen
The first time I have seen pine pollen up close. It fell into the garden during a windy evening. The trees are roughly 40′ tall.

Pine Pollen
Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

In the four days it has been on the dining room table, it has opened up more. Its pollen is clearly visible.
Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Leaves

Pine Debris

Another Pollen Find While Looking for A Seed

Pine Pollen in Hand

Pine Parts


Unfortunately the Seed is From a Previous Season
It is still beautiful.
Pine Seed