Friday, October 31, 2008
The sweet basil is still going strong:
Roses are going through a second bloom period.
'Paris Market Mix' mesclun from Renee's Garden. The plants are really growing quickly in their cage!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sorry for not blogging in the past week...been busy!
This is the 'Victoriana Gold Laced' primrose from Annie's Annuals. The heirloom flower is very pretty and unique.
Annie's Annuals is a wonderful nursery in Richmond, California (which is sadly a dangerous town). When you enter the nursery though, you feel safe as you gaze upon variety after variety of very rare or heirloom plant. Everything I've ever purchased at Annie's has grown extremely well. If you can't make it out to California to visit them in person, you can order online.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
In this view, we see the incredible High Sierra jutting up from the desert. I took this photo on a drive back in July near Bishop, California.
On this particular drive, we left the hotel where it was 97 degrees. Upon reaching the trailhead at over 9000 feet, it was 70 degrees! Up at the lakes, clouds rolled in, wind blew, and we were forced to put on jackets. California is the place to be if you like climatic variation!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
'Heavenly Blue' morning glories are still blooming!
The morning glory vines are over 17 feet tall, and still growing. I can't provide them with any more support because I don't have a tall enough ladder.
'Thai Hot Dragon' chile peppers. They really are fiery hot.
'Oregon Spring' tomato plant still growing and putting out tomatoes.
Rose blooming by the morning glories.
Mesclun and lettuce in a cage. The cage keeps the squirrels, raccoons, and birds out 100%, plus the snails and slugs can't find the plants because they're 3 feet off the ground. The plants are finally taking off because of the cooler temperatures, rain, and lack of animal attacks.
Here's a pretty unique waterfall.
This cascade is formed by the roots of a bigleaf maple growing through the creek bed. The water flows over the roots in a curtain and plunges into a somewhat deep pool.
This waterfall, like many others in the area, only flows during the rainy season. It's completely bone dry right now.
Friday, October 17, 2008
These lady slippers are so interesting. The flowers are shaped exactly as the name would suggest. This particular flower was much richer in color than others nearby. Seen in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Anybody been there?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
After seeing a recipe for rose-flavored crème brûlée on Dessert First's blog, I decided to try the recipe with my French friend.
It ended up turning out wonderful. The vanilla cream was marked by the floral, spicy flavor of roses. Delicious.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This ice cream, made with lemon verbena leaves, was delicious. I urge any and all gardeners to invest in a lemon verbena plant - it's possibly the best smelling herb I've ever encountered.
The leaves can be used in tea, jams, and many other things...like ice cream.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Back in March, I found this incredible field of California poppies. The field, located in Pine Canyon in Mt. Diablo State Park, was the most abundant display of poppies I've ever seen. Mt. Diablo is known for it's great wildflower displays - this is one of them.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I saw so many of these while traveling, yet I hardly see any geraniums on windowsills here in America?
They are beautiful, seem to be easy to care for, and grow well in containers...I don't understand why everybody doesn't have geraniums on the windowsill.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
This tree was covered in a particularly vibrant moss.
The 'Grandpa Ott' vines are still putting out a few flowers, but I've let them go to seed, so they don't have too much time left. On the other hand, the 'Heavenly Blues' are still growing and blooming strong.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Northern California is officially in the midst of its first rainstorm of the season.
I just went outside and was amazed to see the rain coming down in sheets (not hard sheets, mind you, just light). Everything is wet, the water is tricking down the gutters, and when you walk on the brown grass it doesn't crunch underfoot.
Any other Northern California bloggers out there who are enjoying this rain?