We have a crazy amount of tomatoes ripening all at once — this is just one plant. We have three more.😳 Marigolds we started from seed are finally blooming.

ripening tomatoes on a plant with human hand for scalemarigolds with seranos behind them

Cultivated California buckwheat (front yard) flowers being buzzed by a honeybee.

white buckwheat flowers

One variety of Cultivated California Fuchsias are full bloom in the front yard. This clump regularly blooms first, the others a month or two later.

This beneficial little mantis (and other excellent insects) is why we don’t use insecticide in our yards. 🌱

mantis on a pepper plant with nearby white pepper flowers

Front yard cultivated California Buckwheat & a few butterflies (Coliadinae?). 🌱 attached white and yellow butterflies on a bed of white buckwheat flowers

Our oldest jalapeños are starting to ripen to red. We can’t get delicious ripe peppers from the local store so it is worth growing them. We’ve got a few more days of temperatures where fruit will set… and tons of flowers. Should be very productive! 🌱

a jalapeño that is slowly turning red

Front yard Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) is flowering now. Small pollinators are rejoicing. Maybe this winter it’ll finally have bright red berries. 🌱 small white flowers amidst slightly serrated green leaves. A small fly like pollinator sits on one flower.

First bloom of cultivated California fuchsias. The California buckwheat is about to start feeding pollinators. Toyon is next, though about a week behind last year.🌱

Western redbud has to share soil with a bird planted sunflower.

Front yard California fuchsias (or maybe the buckwheat or the toyon) are next to flower. Our fuchsias and buckwheat can flower all summer into fall and sometimes into winter. Red fuchsia flower bud getting ready to bloom

Ensalada Hybrid Tomatoes are doing extremely well in Orland, CA. No sign of end rot or any disease. 🌱

bunch of tomatoes

yellow tomato flower

Santa Fe pepper flower and a young Santa Fe pepper. We did get a bit of bacterial spot (?) on the jalapeño plants but that seems to have winked out. 🌱 Santa Fe pepper flower with white petals Santa Fe pepper, yellowish, growing upwards

Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa sellowiana) are flowering. Perhaps this year they’ll fruit.

pink flower petals with red filaments and yellow anthers

A Shooting Star (Primula) flower in the August Complex burn area about ¼ mile north below the summit of Black Butte.

A purple, yellow and black shooting star

iNaturalist hasn’t confirmed but these purple flowers appear to be Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata) near the cirque & summit of Black Butte in the northern Coast Range of California in the Mendocino National Forest. Again, the rocks make the shot!

Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) from near the summit of Black Butte in California’s northern Coast Range. Rocks always make a photo great, but I am biased.

First bloom of the peppers. Serranos in this case. 🌱

white serrano pepper flowers and a deep red ladybug on a leaf

Peppers and tomatoes got their second Jobes fertilization today in advance of likely rain. We really don’t want end rot on our fruit! Flowers should be developing on the peppers real soon. Fruit set is beginning on the tomatoes. Meanwhile, front yard annuals are looking hot 🌱

Might be a Copestylum mexicanum (Mexican cactus fly). If so, it is fittingly on a cultivated California wild rose flower.

Our back porch grapes look awesome this year! The fullest they’ve ever been.

grapes vining below a porch coverdeveloping clumps of grape flowers

The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season

The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season.

I like the rust color of dried out chamise flowers. I don’t like where this fire season is headed.

Peppers and tomatoes garden update: tomatoes are flowering and peppers are finally growing post-transplant. The Drip Depot crop row irrigation kit is ace. 🌱

Our mandarin tree is in full bloom. 🌱🌳

Front yard update. Poppies are now blooming, joining the creeping sage and the Ceanothus (California Lilac). 🌱

light purple sage flowers, golden poppy flowers, and violet ceanothus flowers.

Backyard Elderberries are seeking pollinators.

yellow elderberry flowers against elderberry leaves