One of the Conservancy’s favorites, the native California rose, is very much in bloom at present on Conservancy preserves. I’ve never seen them so brilliant as this year, and it is still early for them. But look at this photo and see the size of the buds. And the color!
What you can’t see in the photo are the bees. There is a lot of concern that too few nature preserves have hosts for honey bees, and that is true. Here is an exception. On the Conservancy’s Silva tract, the bees are so all over the various plantings, you can actually hear them well before you see them. This is really nature at its best, and seeing this kind of diversity on the preserves, especially doing so well, is a wonderful thing.