Saturday, October 18, 2014

141018 - Cosmos

While the drought intensifies, I use a relay system of kitchen pots and pans to capture grey water (e.g., the water pasta was boiled in) and transfer it to the front gardens between the garage doors.

I grew these cosmos from seed and am happy they are nearly three feet by three feet as they now bloom.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1408 - Cactus

In Vallejo, California, Phil's friend pruned a cactus more than thirty feet tall. He brought home the "cuttings," all of which were at least four feet in length.

We were lucky to receive two. They bloomed almost immediately.

This is the second bloom cycle this year. The flowers are almost as big as my hand, smell like peanut butter and open for only one night.

Friday, January 3, 2014

140102 - Toe

Yesterday, I took a break at the top of the steps in the backyard, and Toe sat down beside me.

I was surprised she let me take her photograph, since she usually runs in terror the second I hold up the camera.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

140101 - Cabbage Poppies

A cabbage poppy has bloomed among the sweet peas now flowering beside the garage doors.

Each flower is about as big as your hands cupped together to catch water.

140101 - Sweet Peas

Our mild, sunny fall encouraged sweet peas to grow alongside the garage doors. The plants are about six feet tall and covered in very fragrant blooms.

This is the earliest these flowers have bloomed since we moved into this house seven years ago.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

1312 - Vertical Gardens

I recently created these vertical gardens out of suet bird feeders about nine by seven by two inches big.

All of the succulents came from the gardens.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1311 - Rose

One of the great successes of this year was a rose we moved from the back of the house to the first level of the terraces. It immediately doubled in size to three feet tall and produced more and more blooms.

This is the first time five flowers bloomed in unison.

The nursery where I bought it says it will grow to eight feet tall.

Friday, November 1, 2013

1311 - Hollyhock

Here's another photograph of the hollyhocks that did so well this summer and fall.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1310 - Larkspur

Only a few larkspurs thrived during our long, foggy summer to bloom this year.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1310 - Dahlias

Our very dry spring meant the dahlias sent up smaller-than-average flowers, which were beautiful, nonetheless.