On Saturday morning I did my usual morning hike around Descanso Gardens. I saw this cabbage white in the native California section of the garden.
Later that afternoon, I visited the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. It was my first time visiting and I was so impressed. I learned so much in just one visit. Everything is very well laid out and organized. The volunteers are friendly and very informative. I also did a short hike up Wild Flower Hill which is accessible from the nursery. The trail leads you on a journey through some of California's most beautiful native plants including California buckwheat, wild flowers, sages, cacti and so much more. It's home to an abundance of wildlife including bobcat, coyote, mule deer and many species of reptiles to name a few. In addition, it's also a great place for bird watching. I had a great time here today and came home with some new native plants for my butterfly garden. Here are some of my purchases:
California Buckwheat, (Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum)
Deerweed, Acmispon glaber (Lotus scoparius)
Golden Yarrow, Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum
Seaside Daisy, Erigeron glaucus
San Luis Obispo Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa ssp. obispoensis
On Sunday, I visited the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden It's the largest garden dedicated to California native plants and also hosts a butterfly pavilion. Here are some of the butterfly photos.
Monarchs on native, Narrow Leaf Milkweed
Gulf Fritillary on Cleveland Sage
Cabbage White and California Dogface on Seaside Daisy
Gulf Fritillary nectaring on a butterfly feeder