Our Native Plant & Wildlife Inventory

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 WildLife and Plant Inventory 

Below is a list of wildflowers found naturally on our ranch as well as those we have planted to enhance the beneficial insect population, provide bee provisions, and of course improve the view. We prefer California native species.

Gold Fields, Indian Blanket, Plains Coreopsis, Yarrow, Bird's Eyes, Baby Blue Eyes, Blue Flax, Tidy Tips, Lupine (various), Five Spot, White Primrose, California Blue Bells, Purple Vetch, White Clover, Daisy, Red Monkey Flower, Sunflowers, Larkspur, Iris, Melic, wild mushrooms, Brome, Fescue.

And we can not forget the flowering trees and Shrubs.

Rosemary, Raspberry, Lavender, Deer Grass, Chaparral Flowering Currant, Blue Beard, Salvia, various Sages, Coyote Brush, Pink Quince, California Buckwheat, Sierra Coffeberry, Holly Leaf Cherry, White Oak, Blue Oak, Willow, Bearberry, various Manzanitas, Apple, Pomegranate, Peach, and Plum.

Here is a list of known critters seen to roam the ranch.

First and foremost, thousands of frogs and pesky birds including Turkeys (but also nice birds like Hummingbird, Barn Owls, Egret, Heron, various Ducks, various Hawks and Raptors), Coyotes, Bobcats, Bats, Mice, Squirrels, Rabbit (Cottontail and Jack rabbit), Skinks, Lizards, Snakes (Rattle, Gopher and Garter), Salamanders, and rumours of a Mountain Lion. Ah yes, my son reminds me not to forget the Dogs. Ok, sometimes the horses get out and roam around as well. Shoo, shoo, now get'!

My lastest project is focused on Bumble bees. These highly efficient pollinators have been our greatest workers.

Due to detailed attention to providing space, shelter and provisions year round, I have seen the native Bumble bee population grow exponentially over the last couple years. This year I plan on rearing some of my own. I provide the pollen, nectar, and housing for our pioneering queens.  

My Mason bee rearing project is on-going as well. These solitary non-stinging bees are also much more efficient pollinators than honey bees.

 

Our philosophy is the more natural the environment, then the more flavorful and the more colorful things grow.

 

Here are a couple of our helpers in charge of varment control.