What's happening in my garden on this warm February day?Gatoraceae's Ramblings | Gatoraceae's Ramblings
In this northern California urban garden there is a flurry of activity. Pajaro Manzanita Winter is not a time of rest for this native plant gardener. It is a time to get into the garden daily to witness the changes which come quickly at this time of year. The variety of flora blooming and the fauna visiting are changing daily. (Note: We don't really have winter in most of California, we have a transition period to and from summer) The floral, honey and spice scent of the paper white narcissus compete with the memory Paper white Narcissus evoking chaparral smells of the native California sage. The sage oils are being released by the heat of the winter sun and permeate the fresh winter air mixing with the narcissus fragrance. The baby lizard's activity increases as the day warms. Garden Lizard I see them darting under the rocks on my porch. I'm glad to see that they have survived the winter and have decided to stay in my garden. They must be growing. On the front brick walkway I