Friday, March 03, 2006

Red

Not as in Eric the Red—though I am of Scandinavian ancestry—but rather as in these:


Chuparosa in our front yard which, as you can see from the final photo, is a favorite of bees (as well as hummingbirds). Each flower is about an inch long.
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Salvia, or autumn sage. Each flower is about 1/2 inch in size. My daughters enjoy picking these and sucking out the nectar, which is sweet for sphinx months, hummingbirds, and little girls, alike.
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Baja fairy duster in my neighbor's yard. This flower is about an inch and a half in diameter.
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Not sure what this is, but it's not native. The bees like it, nonetheless.
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An aloe bloom from the alley parallel to our street.
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Red penstemon, perhaps golden-beard penstemon, blooms profusely in my neighbor's front yard. Each flower is about 1/2 inch.
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Coral bells, each flower about 1/2 inch.
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This scarlet monkey flower in our sideyard grows like crazy given any water. Each flower is about 1/2 inch.
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A prying bee in chuperosa. As I stood back and watched this three-foot bush in our front yard yesterday morning, I realized it was literally crawling with bees: probably a hundred bees in all (considering there are probably three hundred flowers on it right now).
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All of the flowers in this seven-day series (tomorrow: yellow) were taken yesterday morning, within a quick walk of our yard. That said, it's been a very dry winter, and wildflowers in natural areas (i.e., not irrigated yards) are few and far between.

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