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

Our “Bacon” Avocado tree is blooming basically right on time as compared to last year on April 11th. It has yet to produce any fruit and it is supposed to be self-pollinating. 🌱🌳

Spring mornings in our front yard. Sage and Ceanothus are in full bloom. 💚🌱

sage (light purple) and ceanothus (violet) flowers.

Ceanothus (California lilac) is magnificently blooming. 🌱

The nectarine is about to start shedding its flowers. Leaves are growing. Since it is pretty young starting its second year in the ground, I’ll be super impressed if it successfully fruits. 🌳🌱

A slow, rolling bloom for the apricot this year. It didn’t fruit at all last year. Here’s hoping for a fruitful year. (it has fruited before so we know it is possible) 🌳🌱

Our “Bacon” Avocado flower buds are developing nicely. Also, the fig is waking up. 🌱🌳

avocado flower budsfig showing leaf growth

First apricot bloom. Hopefully, as in past years, far more will follow. Figure this flower puts pollinators on notice. 🌳🌱

This should be my last nectarine flower photo. This year. 🌳🌱

pink to magenta nectarine flower

The nectarine is up and at ‘em with many glorious blooms. 🌱🌳

First bloom today of our nectarine! 🌳 🌱

Got a warm spell in California so now I expect the nectarine to bloom any day now. The local almond trees already have.🌳🌱

The Fantasia nectarine (planted Jan 2020) is still in swollen bud stage. Has been for days. It’s sooo close to blooming. Here’s hoping it’ll produce fruit for the first time this year!

swollen lateral flower bud with a red tip

Front yard update: the manzanitas are in full bloom! The poppies are trying to take over. Waiting on the Ceanothus (California lilac) to bloom… they’re the most showy.

We’re craving Manzanita flower blooms in the front yard. Almost there… 🌱

Our first front yard daffodil flower of 2021. Bloomed about two weeks later than last year (Jan 24, 2020). A small pollinator is already taking advantage! 💚 🌱

The front yard California fuchsias (Epilobium canum) are still flowering and providing forage to the hummingbirds. I really need to cut these back but…. the hummingbirds! And other small pollinators!

Unidentified hummingbird enjoying rosemary flowers today. Maybe a Black Chin. Doesn’t seem to have the colorations of an Anna’s.

Cistus × purpureus (Purple-flowered Rock-rose)