Jacaranda Season

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It’s jacaranda season in Southern California right now. I saw this street in morning sun a few days ago, thought “I should take a picture” and drove on by. Kicking myself now. I have always loved jacaranda trees, although I understand why some people don’t. I especially love it when the trees are covered in delirious purple blossoms. They were widely used in landscapes for a while, until people figured out that all those purple blossoms fall off. I still love seeing them, The big purple crowns of the trees dotted across the landscape. Let’s me know it’s spring.

Sprouts

Found a geranium sprout:

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And several lavender sprouts:

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while working in the yard yesterday. I’m going to give them a little more time to develop and then move them to where I do want them.

Used my sheep shears for the first time on this plant:

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You can get it to bloom a second time if you dead head it and the shears are perfect for that.

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This plant, after 2 years of settling in, is finally taking off. I really like it as a ground cover. I’m going to have to figure out how to propagate it; the place where I got it doesn’t have it right now.

Why do I ever go inside

I have now totally lost the ability to remove the overgrown lavender from the front yard. Went out front to do some general clean up and saw this little one feeding on the lavender.

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I have not seen one of these before. I believe it is a Grey Hairstreak Butterfly. I sometimes see small butterflys, but they move so fast I can never get a good look at them. This one was on the lavender for more than 30 minutes. It went up and down each cluster of blossoms methodically. It rubbed its back wings together as it drank. It’s interesting that it spent so long there. Maybe because I don’t use insecticides?

I only saw it open its wings once, for a few seconds.

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Bees were everywhere. When one got too near the butterfly it flicked its wings at it and the bee would leave. I saw that happen several times while I was watching. I thought it was strange that the bees left so easily when they’re so close to the same size.

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So now I just don’t think I’ll be able to bring myself to remove the lavender entirely. I’ll just have to prune it into submission.