Tuesday, July 6, 2010


While Greg and I were on our evening walk through the chaparral a few days ago I noticed that the Sugar Bush shrub, a native known as Rhus ovata, was in full bloom. I went back yesterday morning to get a few sprigs of the pretty white flowers for the photo above.

As I came up to the plant I heard a tremendous buzzing and saw that it was filled with happy little honey bees gathering the botanical nectar. How marvelous! Where as the non-native Oleanders across the street had no honey bees what so ever. Conclusion: plant Rhus ovata and encourage others to do the same.

Photo ©Roxana Villa

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