The heavy rains from last week gave our very dry earth a much needed soaking producing a few blooms in the garden.
The girls have been hard at work collecting nectar and pollen. A hive check is over due, which will likely result in a frame of honey or two.
The Cistus is flowering. I went out to photograph the blooms in the afternoon and saw the petals on the ground, seems I’ve got to get out there super early in the morning if I am going to capture a photo of the flower without sunshine hitting it. The evergreen shrub, also known as Purple Rock Rose, is not a California native but tolerates drought, poor soil and little maintenance like its neighboring plants.
The front slope is finally filling out a bit. The wild roses and Matilja Poppies (pictured above) have been spreading on there own, while animals have been seeding here and there.