Dandelions are an important flower, although some consider it a weed. It is the first food source in spring for many insects. Also, some of the first available flowers, which give early access to nectar and pollen, especially for bees and butterflies.
Common mullein is considered a weed and it is usually found in places where the ground has been disturbed, such as a ditch. You may see these plants along roadsides, stream sides, and forest edges. They are full sun plants. They can grow up to ten feet tall and the flowers only bloom a few… Read More TWO WEEDS AND A MOTH
Here are a few shots from a recent walk. These flowers were all at the edge of the woods, in the sunshine. They each bloom from late spring to early autumn. The short-stemmed lupine are low growing, found in arid southwest areas including Joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodlands. The silvery lupine can be seen in meadows, mixed… Read More PURPLE BLOOMS AT THE FOREST EDGE
I get very excited when the first flower blooms of spring emerge, even if they are weeds like dandelions. It means warm weather is coming. It also means that more bugs start to come around again. As of late, I’ve seen ants, beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, butterflies, and moths. The butterflies I spotted this past week… Read More EARLY BUTTERFLIES & BLOOMS