December was wet and wonderful. Big rains arrived in a warm “pineapple express” which gave all our plants and trees a good soaking. A freeze arrived with the New Year and it officially feels like winter in our little corner of California. Now it is already time to get out in the garden and begin pruning. It’s all part of the yearly cycle of removing the spent and preparing for the arrival of spring. Hoping your new year is full of hopeful promise and good health.
This tulip magnolia was completely out of sync between the drought and the warm rains. A few stunning blooms graced the December landscape.
I made these shitaki mushroom logs with friends several years ago. After a few weeks of rain, they finally bloomed. Home grown shitaki mushrooms for Christmas dinner!
We are back to one beehive again. Happy to see that on this first day of 2015 they are out flying and bringing in pollen.
Rose hips from this mornings prunings.
We live in the midst of such abundance that it is hard not to share it.
Wishing you a delicious day in or out of the kitchen.
It has been a busy six weeks wrapping up summer in the garden – getting fall and winter vegetables going, as well as redoing some perennial beds. We’ve had a tiny bit of rain and way too many warm sunny days. Everyday we scan the weather reports hoping for a bit of rain in the future. The signs of drought are everywhere and it has been a long summer of hauling dishwater from the kitchen to help keep the garden going.
The autumn light is low and it makes every afternoon in the garden especially beautiful. Here are a few shots from the season and I hope you can take a few moments to go out and enjoy this gorgeous time of year.
This Salvia guarantica is one of my favorites. It has taken its own sweet time blooming this year. Finally, this first week of November, the reluctant buds opened.
A last bit of the roses, viburnum color, hydrangea and big juicy rose hips. Check out the cucumber beetle cruising across the rose. They tend to be destructive but we manage to coexist.
With these very warm late autumn days a few of the roses keep sending out random blooms.
The persimmons were a good month earlier then in past years. We had a sizable harvest but still it’s strange to see the tree with so many leaves and the fruit all gone.