On Sunday D. and I were at Coyote Hills Regional Park, and we took some pics in the "nectar" (= bird and butterfly) garden. Here's mine.
Abutilon is also known as flowering maple. While its foliage is maple-like; it is not related to the tree.
A trio of daisies in dappled shade.
Scarlet milkweed blossoms, a favorite of monarch butterflies.
A trio of mums.
A sunburst in a daisy.
A stone turtle bench.
He looks like he's about to munch on that plant growing by his nose.
A stone frog bench.
A stone fleur-de-lis ornament.
A beautiful pink zinnia, with some of its disc florets beginning to bloom.
A dramatic passionflower blossom looks almost like some sort of alien satellite dish.
The blossoms of a butterfly plant called Family Jewels (Asclepias physocarpa). It's closely related to milkweed, another butterfly favorite.
The "family jewels" (seed pod).
When the pod ripens it disperses fluffy seeds, as other milkweeds do.
A small milkweed bug (Lygaeus kalmii).
A monarch butterfly sits still barely long enough to take a pic.
A happy little stone frog basks in the late afternoon light.
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D. took the following pics.
A pink abutilon.
A monarch caterpillar.
Which end is which?
A monarch sipping scarlet milkweed nectar.
A mass of small milkweed bug nymphs swarms a stem in the nectar garden.
Another monarch feeding on a sage blossom.
It's a hot day. Almost 90º in the shade.