Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Strawberries This Spring

While I was away, the strawberries plants and sun were very busy.  Sweet bounty.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Snappy Blossom in the February California Garden

Love the delicate blossom of sugar snap peas.

Tendrils hold on to the twine as they grow toward the sun.
A drop of morning dew clings to the dried blossom of the growing sugar snap pea.

The morning sun creates an "x-ray" view of the inside of the snap pea.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Strawberries Sweet and Ripe

My strawberries are amazing this year.  I have never harvested as many sweet little berries.  So lucky.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Meyer Lemons are Ready for Squeezing




I love this time of year for citrus.  My Meyer Lemons have ripened and there are a few blossoms ready to set lemons for next season.  I'll be baking up a few goodies like lemon crinkle cookies and lemon pound cake.

A Study of a Spider's Web on a Dewy January Morning


Looking closely to find the spider which created this work of art but found nothing.
Dew on a Blade of Grass


An early morning in the garden after a heavy dose of dew reveals a funnel web spider has been busy creating his vortex shaped web overnight.  The entire lawn is green and because of the dew, this web which is horizontal and parallel to the ground stands out.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Giant Redwoods are In Cahoots with the Tree Fern in My Backyard.

This tree fern is hiding a very big surprise!  If you look closely in the center, you will see the surprise is peeking through the fronds.

Hello seeding of a GIANT REDWOOD TREE! 

Your needles are lovely, dense and green.
Three large, tall redwoods exist on the property behind our townhouse in Northern California.  One of them shared a seed or a sprout under a tree fern on our small parcel (30'x30') of land and it went unnoticed until its crown popped out through the fronds. 

Darling now, but this tree has a habit of growing over 350 feet tall...and living 2000 years. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Late Season Watermelon

In California, a late season stroll through the garden will reveal the tenaciousness of Mother Nature.  She will produce until sun and season make it impossible.

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