April Update

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tomato starts

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April was a gorgeous month in the garden. The roses, poppies and digitalis have
started blooming and there is still a perfect compliment of rich green foliage. The
fava beans are coming in and the tomato starts will be ready to be planted once the
soil has warmed up sufficiently.  Our bees are doing great. Unbeknownst to us
another swarm arrived, and they set up residence in a bee box we
had left out for rogue swarms

Oh and Happy May Day!
                                                                  Happy May Day!

 

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Succulents

There seems to be a massive love affair with west coast gardeners and succulents. I come from a family of mad plant collectors.  Perhaps the most passionate was my Aunt Peggy who died last year. She loved her succulent collection until the day she died. Every visit  she would implore me to please take some of her succulents. My struggle with succulents is that they reproduce so quickly and the plants need regular dividing.

There seems to be a massive love affair these days between west coast gardeners and succulents.  I come from a family of mad plant collectors and perhaps the most passionate was my Aunt Peggy. She loved her succulent collection until the day she died. Every visit she would implore me to please take some of her succulents. Succulents grow quickly sending out little pups that beg for replanting. They are an easy plant to share as even a leaf stuck in some soil will eventually send down roots.  Aunt Peggy’s favorites were always the cool green-greys potted up together and as you can see I completely agree.

 

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Spring Spectacular

These stunning tall bearded iris our my newest addition to the garden this year. Their early arrival was  so welcome-

These stunning tall bearded irises are the newest addition to the garden this year. Their early arrival was so welcome when nothing else had yet bloomed. These tall beauties are all gorgeous in their white splendor, more then making up for the other slow bloomers.

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Cherry Blossom Finale

The flowering cherry has given us weeks of sweet scented blossoms, and a few days ago bright green leaves popped out and added a crisp brightness to the tree.

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A Field of Callas

 

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The rain has cleared and the temperatures are so warm that it feels as though we bypassed spring altogether and found ourselves deep in summer. Regardless of the heat these calla lilies, from a field in the Santa Cruz mountains, were begging to be picked.

 

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March Ending

March certainly ended on a high note. After losing all our bees this winter, a swarm arrived and moved into an empty box out in the bee yard. We’ve had rain, the lilacs are blooming, there are greens in the garden and even more rain is in the forecast. Looking forward to April.

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Just in Time for Spring

Spring today! And what could be more springy then baby goat and mom.

Happy Spring today! What could be more springy then sweet Claudia and her baby kid?

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First Spring Rose

I must admit that I covet this sweet little white rose that spills over a neighbors fence. It has a wonderfully wild habit and is perfectly lemony scented. I should make a cutting, I could make one but somehow I enjoy it just as much finding it every year on my afternoon walk.

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Ta-Da! Rhubarb!

I love rhubarb even though I don't hail from th midwest or other cold climes that seem to be where most rhubarbs come from from

I love rhubarb. Who doesn’t? So I thought I ‘d have another go at growing it. I dutifully watered it all last season but after our first frost the rhubarb disappeared without a trace.  Two weeks ago one furled-up leaf burst out of the ground quickly followed by more. Leaves are unfurling and stalks are reddening and once again I’m amazed by the resilience of the garden.

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Coast Hike

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A hiking friend of mine recently took me on a hidden hike up the coast.  What a welcoming site this first to bloom wild red currant was. Isn’t it amazing what a flash of hot pink will do after a long winter?

 

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