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I’m finally over the cold that has had me down and it’s time to update the photos so I can see in the future where things were at this point. But first, we have started to harvest our radishes. Plus new flower and border photos.

Alex inspects the radish harvest

Alex inspects the radish harvest

Our first real radish harvest

Our first real radish harvest

Rosa mundi

Rosa mundi

Rose Camieaux

Rose Camieaux

English rose 'Graham Thomas'

English rose 'Graham Thomas'

Duchess de Montebello 1

Duchess de Montebello 1

Duchess de Montebello 2

Duchess de Montebello 2

Front porch border with collie Niki

Front porch border with collie Niki

Rock garden; apricot daschia is blooming

Rock garden; apricot daschia is blooming

Rock garden

Rock garden

Rose border looking east

Rose border looking east

Rose border

Rose border

Rose border with Michiko, our calico cat

Rose border with Michiko, our calico cat

Rose border, south side

Rose border, south side

Border on west side of studio

Border on west side of studio; edge in progress

Tropical border with Michiko

Tropical border with Michiko; upright plant is Sisyrinchium striatum

The vegetable garden

The vegetable garden

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It’s Memorial Day and the sun has finally come out for awhile after three days of overcast, extended even out to areas where it’s “always sunny”, like Blue Lake and Fieldbrook.  I’ve has a cold for the last couple of days, so not getting anything done in the yard. David, however, has gotten the OSB “floor” down for my new potting area on the north side of the house. Next step will be to move the potting table, the pots, tools, etc. Then I can finally get some seeds started.Potting areaThings are really starting to burst into bloom now.

Geranium 'Splish Splash', one of my favorites

Geranium 'Splish Splash', one of my favorites and it's self-seeding!

Cranesbill 'Ballerina'

Cranesbill 'Ballerina'

Red Baron grass

Red Baron grass

Climbing rose 'Dublin Bay'; might be the Best Red Rose Ever

Climbing rose 'Dublin Bay'; might be the Best Red Rose Ever

English rose 'Brother Caedfael'

English rose 'Brother Caedfael'

English rose 'Charles Rennie MacIntosh'

English rose 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh'

Rose 'Ispahan'

Rose 'Ispahan'

Rose 'Fantin Latour'; one of my all time favorites

Rose 'Fantin Latour'; one of my all time favorites

Rose 'Moonlight'; one of the Vintage Gardens roses I decided to try

Rose 'Moonlight'; one of the Vintage Gardens roses I decided to try

Looking back towards the house; veg  garden in foreground

Looking back towards the house; veg garden in foreground

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Sunday:

Seeds arrived from Thompson and Morgan yesterday.  I wanted Limnanthes douglasii, in particular and they seem to be the only company that has it. Ironic, in a way, since they are a British company and Limnanthes in a North American native plant. We saw it for the first time at a garden in England, absolutely covered with bees. It’s common name over there is Poached Egg Plant.

T&M really have an incredible seed selection to choose from, so while I was at it I got:

2 Limnanthes douglasii

1 Papaver Coral Reet- to be started this fall

1 Nasturtium Tip-Tip Apricot

1 Verbascum “Snow Maiden”

1 Bellis Tasso Strawberry and Cream

1 Dianthus Elegance Lavender

1 Dianthus Elegance Pink

T&M are also the only good source I’ve found for wallflower seeds, so I got:

1 Wallflower My Fair Lady mix

1 Wallflower Sunset mixed

1 Wallflower Kew Collection Sunset mixed

Wednesday:

Took a bunch of photos yesterday. Still battling the slugs, who seem to prefer the sunflowers and squash sprouts, but otherwise things are coming along nicely. Some of the new roses have their first blooms, so I finally get to see what they look like “in person”.

Scored nine yards of cedar mulch at a good price and almost have the Rose Border done. I ran out of gas on Sunday after about six wheelbarrow loads, but it sure looks nice!

We’re filling the bird feeders once a week and are currently getting American goldfinches and house or purple finches.

On to the photos:

South edge all nice and mulched with mixed nemesia and dwarf snapdragons blooming

South edge all nice and mulched with mixed nemesia and dwarf snapdragons blooming

Beans and Peas

Beans and Peas

Tomatoes coming along nicely

Tomatoes coming along nicely

Tropical garden with sunroses in full bloom

Tropical garden with sunroses in full bloom

Bulgarian allium- pretty much the only allium that is rated for zone 9; it's repeating well

Bulgarian allium- pretty much the only allium that is rated for zone 9; it's repeating well

Icelandic poppies and an unusual volunteer dicentra, which is growing in full sun

Icelandic poppies and an unusual volunteer dark pink dicentra, which is growing in full sun; an unintended and possibly "dire" combination

Leopard Lilies getting very lush; dig and divide this fall, I think

Leopard Lilies getting very lush; dig and divide this fall, I think

Sunrose

Sunrose 'Wisley Pink" with galtonia on the left and rose 'Duchess de Montebello' above

Hardy geranium 'Orion'

Hardy geranium 'Orion'

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' with flower stalk of a plant who's name I can't remember just now

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' with flower stalk of a dyckia fosteriana in front

At last, the Hamburger Phoenix floribunda rose nice crimson color with a small white eye

At last, the Hamburger Phoenix floribunda rose; nice crimson color with a small white eye

Rose 'Sappho'; floribunda; very clean white

Rose 'Sappho'; floribunda; very clean white

Rose 'Old Homestead'; found rose; deep purple-red; loads of petals

Rose 'Old Homestead'; found rose; deep purple-red; loads of petals

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' bursting into bloom now

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' bursting into bloom now

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Alex doing the rounds

Alex doing the rounds

Just had a quick mild jolt of an earthquake.

A black-shouldered kite has been showing up the last few mornings. Saw it flying off with something in its talons yesterday. Hope it wasn’t a frog.

Our pond; about 40'x50'; 5' deep at one end; self-regulating

Our pond; about 40'x50'; 5' deep at one end; self-regulating

Cover used by frogs (red-legged) and fish (goldfish and mosquito fish)

Cover used by frogs (red-legged) and fish (goldfish and mosquito fish)

Peas up; Cosmos seeds planted outboard at base of plants

Peas up; Cosmos seeds planted outboard at base of plants

The seed order from John Scheepers has arrived:

One packet each

Pea ‘Petite Pois Precoville’- the classic French pea

Pea ‘Blauschokker Alauws Blue’- couldn’t resist the name and I was looking for a tall climbing pea; turns out they’re hard to find; I guess most people want bush varieties so they don’t have to mess with setting up a support

Bean ‘Blue Lake Pole’- what the heck, it’s a classic

Bean ‘Purple Podded Pole”- love the beans that are purple on the vine and turn green when you cook them; magic!

Cauliflower ‘Rainbow Mixture’- with luck, one will produce in our climate

Lemon Basil

Lime Basil

Morning Glory ‘Flying Saucer’- I think this one used to be called ‘Tie Dye”. I love morning glories.

1 pound of French shallots

Shady garden corner; caramel heucara, primroses, leopard lily foliage

Shady garden corner; caramel heucara, primroses, leopard lily foliage

Estelle Rjinveld tulips

Estelle Rjinveld tulips

Azalea 'Arneson's Gem"

Azalea 'Arneson's Gem"

David Austin English Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll'; first rose to bloom this year

David Austin English Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll'; first rose to bloom this year

the back of our house looking east; my studio is on the right

the back of our house looking east; my studio is on the right

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Got the new tomato plants in this afternoon:

2 Red Cherry Large

1 Early Girl (was supposed to replace the one that croaked, but it’s now re-sprouting, so we have two)

1 Green Zebra  (who could resist?)

1 Black Tomato (dark red/maroon, actually)

1 ‘Old German’ (heritage type; who knows what it will be, but that’s half the fun)

The above join:

1 Gold Nugget

1 Moonglow

3 Roma

3 Eureka Mist (there are a couple of special types bred for our mild northcoast summers)

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Beans leafing out, second batch of peas up

Photos taken late this afternoon:

garden-1Persephone, aka The Princess, takes possession of the big teepee.

garden-4Looking south. Canes of Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’ in middle

red-tailed-hawkThen a red-tailed hawk circled over us.

garden-with-hawkHawk overhead. Niki down below. Looking east.

garden-2The Tropical Garden looking west with Estelle Rjinveld tulips in foreground.

garden-3Sunroses and azalea with silly garden bird I got today at the hardware store.

east-sideEast side of bamboo fence with rhodie and cherry tree in bloom.

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I. Am. Tired.
I’m “playing my way into shape”, as the jocks say, having not gotten much aerobic exercise over the winter. Almost five solid hours today, but I got the main vegetable seeds and starts in that I wanted to before the rain comes again.  Now Weather.com is saying thundershowers for tomorrow. The weather is definitely spooky. It was REALLY hot today. And very still. We have a thermometer on the west side of the garage and here’s how it went this afternoon:
In the shade:
1:15- 75F
1:45- 79.5F
2:40- 80F
2:50- 82F
In the sun:
3:20- 90F (?!)
5:00- 82F
We ate dinner on the patio.
Around 4:30, I could feel a shift and a coolish breeze came up and some high clouds started to come over. Anyone’s guess what it’s going to do tomorrow, or tonight, for that matter. It’s 70F in the shade right now and the house thermostat, which is near a big open patio door, says 78F. Pinch me, it’s only April.

Planted today:
Teepee #1
‘Scarlet Emperor’ pole beans- 1 side
Romano pole beans- 2 sides

In other beds:
‘Black Beauty’ zucchini
‘Ambassador Hybrid’ zucchini
‘Early Prolific Straightneck” summer squash
‘Rouge D’Etampes pumpkin
‘Progress #9″ snap peas
‘Merlot Batavian’ lettuce
Scallions
Garlic

Here’s a few photos I took today:
michiko-in-garden

Looking west along the rose border with some of the plants I put in yesterday. Our tamed feral calico, Michiko, was strolling around. The bare dirt is where there had been grass in a curvy shape that I started to dislike very quickly (long story about the landscape guy we hired two years ago; ultra-short version: we’ve redone around 70% of what I let him talk me into). All squared up now and looking much better. We’ll need to get more of the cedar mulch from Almquist’s.

persephone-in-gardenA view to the south, complete with our tabby girl, Persephone, aka The Princess, caught in the act of taking a quick bath. I put rice straw on the ground within the bird netted teepees to keep the weeds down. I hope.

3-teepeesLooking, mostly, east. I mulched the tomatoes with rice straw, but may have jumped the gun. It looks like 3-4 are goners, even covering them up at night when it was cold.  In the foreground right are breadseed poppy seeds, garlic, scallions, shallots and van Gogh sunflower seeds. Foreground left is a row of Progress #9 bush peas and the Papaver bracteatum.

Now, I wait ::sound of fingers drumming on table::

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misc-2009-03-26Lawn, such as it was, is dead after being solarized under a sheet of black plastic. Weed mats paths in. Looking east. Layout inspired  by the “keyhole” gardens in the book “Gaia’s Garden” by Toby Hemenway. A must read, in my humble opinion.

niki-helpingNiki “helping” while David digs holes for teepee legs.

teepee-finishedThe finished teepee, made from four sitka spruce branches. I got the idea from Sunset magazine. One side left open so that we can go inside.

me-planting-teepeePlanting the pole beans.

teepee-with-strawTeepee with rice straw mulch covering sugar pea, egalite pole beans and Progress #9 shelling peas. The idea is that the plants will climb up the sides, which are covered with bird netting, and form an edible, leafy bower.

tomatoes-plantedTomato plants planted. Covered with sheets tonight since it’s their first night “out”. Supposed to get down to 40F.

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