glorious garden colors

As October rushes head-long toward November, our garden glows with color. Piles of mums border the fence against a backdrop of evergreen, the last of the summer roses and a few herbs and peppers. With the morning sun turning each pile to pure gold, the whole thing is a glorious sight to behold. As Mr.…

the Prize Pineapple

Thought you might like to see this little jewel, which Mr. L grew from the top of a grocery store pineapple. It lived in the greenhouse for a while, then moved to the south side of the house this summer. First it produced a fruit, and now there is a baby plant coming up beside the original.…

a rose garland

A rosebud set with little wilful thorns, And sweet as English air could make her. Alfred, Lord Tennyson This morning I wanted to share my bouquet of Gemini Roses gracing our breakfast table with you. So lovely. Such a special treat to have Dick bring them fresh from the garden — a treat that will happen almost daily…

how our garden grows

Spring is so unpredictable! Yesterday was a sunny 89° and today it is 65° and mostly cloudy with rain in the forecast. Spring brings such amazing wonders to our garden. Here are a few shots from the past week. Enjoy them quickly. Next week will be altogether different. The poppies and pansies will fade with…

the color of rain

We live down the lane, in a little old cottage the color of rain. First let me just say, “I strongly dislike this daylight savings time thing.” It messes up my mornings. Actually, it messes up my whole inner clock. Last night was one of those nights when I was still rattling around at 2…

a Valentine blessing

About a decade ago we planted several bare root roses in our garden.  My favorite was a hybrid tea called “Just Joey”  He was the star of the show in  February 2012 when we moved him to a full-sun-spot near the front door. Joey lived and bloomed there for us a couple of seasons and then…

how’s it growing?

Half way through February …spring in full swing …our garden remodel is coming along beautifully. February is being…well February! Today is cool, with huge puffy clouds sailing over the garden. Wednesday was cold, rainy, windy and reminiscent of winter. Monday it was 70°…and so it goes.  But the garden is growing, it might be said…

awakening the garden

The first week of February in a California garden means signs of spring everywhere. So.o.o this week, between rain and a couple of nights of 31° temps, Dick carried ten bales of garden soil (3 cu. yards each), spaded them into the new beds and started the process of waking the new garden for spring.…

is the garden sleeping?

Gardens may indeed be sleeping in other parts of the US, but January gardening is necessary in Cali.  The Old Farmers Almanac says the onion sets must go in by the 22nd…! Missed that one. Again. But the beds are ready for soil and the path is half finished. D is holding off on lifting…

a new garden path

This week has been a roller-coaster of rain and dry, cool and warm. Today was sunny and just above 60°. I’ve always said our valley Holiday Season is Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Super Bowl and SPRING! They all run together and they come fast. When the temperatures start to reach into the 60’s you know…

Spring Fever

spring fever

It’s spring fever. That’s what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it you want …oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache you want it so! _Mark Twain On Friday, March 20, at 6:45 p.m. EDT, we welcome the official arrival…