California Gardens the Year Round Garden Site

Welcome to California Gardens - the year round gardening site

California Gardens is the growing source for information on plants and gardening in California. From the Native to the Creative there are thousands of plants to fill your garden and even more ways to combine them - California Gardens is a gardening site for California. We have year-round gardening in a climate made for growing -- take advantage of it. Join us in the garden, get mud under your fingernails, and share your gardening interests. Learn about climate appropriate plants. We'll grow together!

Fall is finally here though you might not know it for today's temperature as I write this. The garden is full of Butterflies and Bumblebees. The White Checkered Skipper is everywhere it seems right now, the Spring Azure too, and the Yellow Faced Bumblebee is a regular at my flowers as well.

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Male Monarch Butterfly Release

Pretty cool watching Monarch Butterflies fly off into the garden one after another. The dark spots on the back wings are glands and indicate that this is a male Monarch butterfly. For more on this story click through to the Monarch Page or Garden Calendar. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

A walk through my garden taking time to smell the roses and watch a hummingbird and Gulf Fritillary pollinate Scabiosa Black Knight

Tarantula Hawks, Carpenter Bees and Yellow Faced Bumblebees feeding on nectar from Asclepias eriocarpa, Woollypod Milkweed. High resolution videos are part of our garden image collection.

Monarch time, from Caterpillar to Chrysalis to Butterfly to Egg

Mormon Metalmark Butterfly Flight

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly Flight