Posts Tagged: Vacaville
What are the odds? What are the odds? A monarch—the most special monarch ever--fluttered over our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. on...
Where am I? A tagged male monarch butterfly, released from Ashland, Ore., perches on the head of a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
WSU-tagged male monarch from Ashland, Ore., sipping nectar on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia, in Vacaville, Calif. Tag, invisible in this photo, is on the other side.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
WSU-tagged monarch nectaring on a towering Mexican sunflower in Vacaville,Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
WSU-tagged monarch sipping nectar from a butterfly bush in Vacaville, Calif. The tag, invisible in this photo, is on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mid-life chrysalis? Well, maybe not mid-life, but definitely out of season. A female monarch butterfly eclosed today in our little indoor...
Moment of freedom--a female monarch is released. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene inside the butterfly habitat before her release. Note the chrysalis next to her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In the late afternoon, this monarch found a place to roost for the night--on an African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Why you may ask would several Master Gardeners be spray painting dried agapanthus, hydrangeas, sedum, and so much more in the rain and wind?
Well there is a simple answer; the Master Gardener’s 19th annual Wreath Workshop is just around the corner. We are getting things ready so that you can participate in making a beautiful wreath for your home, what better way to start the holiday season?
To do this, we start by drying some plants we have grown in our gardens. The dried foliage and flowers that look good get to stay their natural color when dried. The not-so-good looking dried materials get spray painted different colors. In addition to the materials mentioned, we also have magnolia leaves, Deodora cones, statice, as well as other plants. The pine cones are of various sizes and we have been painting them to look like they have been dusted by snow. There will be ribbon in a multitude of colors for bows.
Prior to the actual date of the Wreath Workshop, which is December 7, 2013; Master Gardeners will spend 3 days gathering greens. They will then cut materials to a size that is manageable for wreath making, and finally, boxing them. In this box of foliage you might also find in addition to the redwood, some lavender or rosemary.
If you have never attending this Wreath Workshop, this is what you can expect to get for the fee that you will pay: a banana box filled with greenery, a wire wreath frame, paddle wire and all sorts of natural decorations and a bow. Refreshments will be served throughout the event. There will be Master Gardeners to help if you need a refresher on how to make a wreath.
The event is being held at the Buck Mansion Carriage House in Vacaville, December 7, 2013 from 1-4 pm. Space is limited to sign up now! Here is link to the website to sign up for this fun event. Http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber-11507
You can also call Jennifer Baumbach at 707-784-1321 for addition information.
A variety of plant materials that have been sprayed. (photos by Toni Greer)
Artichokes, cones, etc.