So while I was taking pictures I took one of the bird nest that we never even saw the birds build. Here is the picture. See the nice neat nest right above our patio light? There are 2 little blue Thrush eggs in there... and we never saw them building the nest. I've been out there working on the little plants a few times this week!
This is a rose I started from cut flowers we bought years ago from Costco. Look at your cut roses, sometimes there is a sprout on the stem...right where a leaf comes out from the stem... that's a sure sign that your stem wants to become a new rose bush in your garden! I cut off at the bottom - up about an inch, dip the cut end into Rooting Hormone (the secret to my success!) and then get it into a pot of soil and water it. (Don't try this in the spring or summer. It must be too hot here during those seasons to do this. And if you try it during the winter - a cool winter that is wet like in CA - keep your plant under a covered patio. I've lost some in the garden to heavy frost.
And these are visitors from our neighbors. They bought the plant, water it, and it grows over the fence and blooms in my yard! Gotta love a neighbor like that! These are Passionflower! (I guess they were named for that cross in the center - for the Passion of Jesus on the Cross.) Aren't they gorgeous? They grow really fast, too. The first couple of years they were pollinated by butterflies that are not native to CA.!We actually had Julia butterflies here... they are only found in TX and FL!!!! I think they were attached to the plant. I think they have died out now, but maybe it is just too cold for them to come out this year. Our son and family in Anchorage are having weather that is similar to ours here in CA! We are way below our average temp of 85 for this time of year.
So I hope you've enjoyed the current flowers in our bloomin' yard. And if I don't post tomorrow, have a wonderful weekend. (Well, even if I do post tomorrow, have a WW.)