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My California Native Garden

I have been sowing and planting california seeds and plants for very many years now & had attended quite a few workshops and meetings to understand the CA native plants even more. I love how easy it is to grow and maintain them, except for the beautiful California Poppy. The poppies need to be deadheaded which means when the blooms fade you deadhead them or cut the faded blooms and that will encourage flowering and prolongs the blooming period. Deadheading is a strenuous and time taking garden work. But it keeps your garden looking really pretty!! But most of the other plants just need to be cut and cared for every now and then. You don’t even need to water them that often compared to other kinds of gardens, also they don’t require fertilizers either!

I have a wide variety of plants in my front garden which are wild rose, manzanita, stinging nettle, california sage, beach strawberry, woodland strawberry, monkey flower, primrose, sea side daisy, blue eye grass, California morningglory, penstemon, California Aster, Toyon/California holly tree, Wallace’s nightshade, coral bells, Ceanothus Joyce coulter, clarika, baby blue eyes, blue bells, California false indigo bush, tidy tips, arroyo lupine, Chinese houses, dwarf godetia, five spots, blue thimble/globe gilia, California goldfields, Mountain phlox, palmers penstemon, showy California milkweed & California poppy to name a few.

Mountain Phlox and BlueBells

Bluebells

Beach Strawberry and Yarrow
Seaside Daisy
California Morning Glory and California Sage

California Poppy Mission Bells

California poppy & Tidy tips

California poppy

Stinging Nettle

Monkey flower

Yarrow

California Wild Rose

Baby blue eyes, mountain phlox & California Poppy

Blue thimble & California poppy
Arroyo Lupine & California poppy
California poppy, Godetia, Clarika & Chinese houses

California poppy, Dwarf Godetia, Clarika & Chinese houses

California poppy, Godetia, Clarika, Chinese houses & California false indigo bush

California poppy, Godetia, Clarika & Chinese houses

Evening Primrose

Clarika/Godetia

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Ant moat for Hummingbird feeder

I have 2 or 3 hummingbird feeders in my backyard and they are often visited year round by both Anna’s, Rufous and ruby throated hummingbirds. I especially love to watch Rufous, they are so beautiful!

But the feeders are often raided by the ants and they have sweet tooth for the nectar and its a constant battle. So i decided to make an ant moat since i don’t feel like killing all the ants.

I got a cork from an old wine bottle and two eye hooks.

Heated the end of the screw and poked a hole in the plastic.

Inserted the cork onto the screw from inside.

Screwed the second eye screw onto the cork.

That’s pretty much it. Doesn’t even require glue to affix the cork, it’s waterproof.

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Kalanchoe leaf growing its own roots and leaves

Its amazing that some plant leaves can grow its own roots and leaves!! This Kalanchoe leaf is growing its own roots and leaves!!

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Metal Tube Peanut Bird feeder

I wanted to build a peanut feeder which turned out to be fairly easier than I thought. As a bird watcher, I always get to see a lot of House Finches, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, Red-tailed Hawks, Mallard Ducks, Black Pheobes in my backyard but not so much of the nut loving birds!!

I had to buy a chicken wire

2 round plaques(4″*4″)

and a copper wire. Also need a driller, and 3 zip ties.

Rolled up the chicken wire to the inner size of the plaques and tied zip ties on three parts

Then drilled tiny holes on both the plaques

Then thread the copper wire through the first one and tied a knot at the bottom and then pulled it through the rolled up chicken wire and placed the second plaque on top of the chicken wire and pulled the copper wire through the drilled hole and tied it on top and made a loop to hang it up.

Then push a couple of bamboo sticks diagonally across as a perch.

I added the raw peanuts first but they were too small so instead i got the shelled peanuts and they seem to be perfect and its attracting Blue Jays and Mockingbirds!!

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