I've been agonizing about what to write in my blog these days. The very nature of gardening is cyclical, so I could end up covering the same topics year in and year out which gets too repetitive for my liking. I could post lots more "How to"s but there is very little out there that hasn't been done, that can't be googled and it feels too much like my work as a gardening coach.
So this week I decided to give you a "Spring Garden Tour" sponsored by all the lovely rain we finally and gratefully received. And there is actually no pictures of the broccoli which I've largely allowed to go to seed for next years crop! But I do buy health insurance - can't rely on good health setting seed year after year unfortunately.
The order of the photos is fairly random - Enjoy!
First stop the bulb garden.
Having bought a few dozen tulip bulbs before I knew just how high maintenance they were purported to be in California, I decided that I couldn't go through the rigmarole of keeping them in my fridge for eight weeks and then have them probably only ever blossom that one time. Unwilling to throw out what looked like perfectly good bulbs after they had bloomed and died back, I buried them in the bulb garden only to be wonderfully surprised by blooms this year.
This shot captures the gogi-berry bush in the foreground. It still hasn't produced berries. And a fence lizard - tip-toeing through the tulips!
My containers are spewing forth blossom left, right and center.
Some are still in the six packs where I planted their tiny wee seeds and never got round to transplanting them. I'm harvesting them straight from here.
seeds saved last year.
Even better are the plants that save you the bother of saving their seeds and just reseed themselves. The winter arugula crop decided to go for it again.native garden the Hooker's Evening Primrose had put out one brave little seedling. A disappointing amount of reseeding but lets see if the rain brings forth any more. I'm maintaining the "prime directive" as far as I can in the native garden, until they get warp speed of course!
succulent garden delivered a sweet surprise. My stone plant blossomed practically before my eyes.
Master Gardener buddy last year) blossomed in abundance.
my friend Lisa is coming along nicely too. I just have to figure out to to cook these things!
Propagation is ongoing in the garden, sometimes on purpose - I need to fill these new raised beds.
My neighbor Laurie gave me a Christmas Cactus and one of the "leaves" (actually it's a segment of stem) came off. It seems to be growing.
Having run out of bird netting I had to get creative.
As promised - a picture of my nuts. Almonds to be precise.
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