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3 hours ago

Harvest Time Begins

Himalayan Honeysuckle. Yes. We know it is a noxious weed in Australia. But it is rare here. We found this yesterday in a certified wildlife garden next to a conservancy up in the hills a bit sou...


4 days ago

Good in a Way

I took this on the way back from the plot midday today. A neighbor garden a block away. The city came and brought a crane and lifted the fallen branch off the shed at the community garden and ch...


July 17, 2021

And We All Felt Good

The garden, early this morning. The plot with the artichoke is the one next to mine. If you look carefully, you will see a giant oak limb on the roof of the shed and an unhappy structurally unso...


July 14, 2021

When I Do

Ah, I found out the reason this is called Queen Anne’s Lace. Apparently, she liked to make lace and if you look very carefully just off center of the umbel, you can see a dot, that is a dark red...


July 12, 2021

Next?

Mrs. Sherlock wanted me to see this unusual blooming agave across town on Saturday. At first, we weren’t going to walk as her social calendar is filling up with potlucks, but she had been amazed...


July 09, 2021

Signs Everywhere

So many of the flowers I have been looking up lately are in the sunflower family. Our garden doesn’t get enough full sun with the two giant oaks for sunflowers yet but the huge community garden ...


I don’t know what these are. We think they might be a kind of allium. I noticed some in the other neighborhood community garden a few days ago. They are kind of magical. Over the last few month...


July 05, 2021

By And Large

The lilac garden this morning, a bit sun drenched even though it was still early. The Park Department gardener told us about a year ago as she was putting in bedding plants that she took making ...


July 02, 2021

Coming Out of It

Say hello to our newest Heritage Tree. #377. Since the worst of the heat started, I have begun to walk what I call “the long way round” to the garden. It takes me a little over 20 minutes each w...


June 29, 2021

Past Present Future

An hour before class yesterday. It was completely insane. Because it came so early in the season, we had no real time to acclimate but then how do you acclimate to record breaking heat? I went o...


June 27, 2021

Ughh

If I were a house, I would look like this right about now. Wild sweet peas in the front yard and vines starting to creep onto the porch. I am pretty much fine unless I look in the mirror or at m...


This is my favorite picture from the last few days. The clematis is in Mrs. Sherlock’s Garden. (Spellcheck insists on capitalizing garden, which makes me laugh as if her garden was an amusement ...


June 22, 2021

Making it Through

This is one side of Mrs. Sherlock’s garden fence, with the area newly cleared as they begin the process of separating their property from the one next door that they partially owned until recent...


You can see we got the netting up yesterday. As soon as we anchored it with the bricks, the bugs were on the outside trying to get to the chard. The Spinosad worked on the leaf miners though. Ne...


Alright, it is already passionflower on the flower clock. This is the vine that covers the northwest fence of the community garden. It has heavy competition from some raspberry vines though. Th...


The big park by the river yesterday. It is actually raining a tiny bit today, unlike yesterday where it only threatened in a visibly dramatic fashion. I am getting started on promoting the PT C...


The big, ruffled poppies are blooming across the street at the track. It has been windy so getting a decent shot is not so easy. This is the time where we move from spring to summer and the wild...


June 06, 2021

The Garden and A View

Be it ever so humble…”my” plot. The bugs are crazy around the leggy nasturtiums, the beets and regular chard. I was able to harvest a few unaffected leaves to eat yesterday. I grew the carrots, ...


June 03, 2021

Goings on in the Dirt

Late lilac garden with interesting sky. The city has issued a proclamation about how we are a city of gardens and apparently next year this time there is going to be a conference of horticulturi...


May 31, 2021

Carry On, With Rose

Well then, it is clearly roses on the flower clock. There is a cottage front yard chock full of roses and weeds and a stray iris or two down one of the main drags in what used to be our neighbor...


Another shot of our walk last weekend with open peonies. Yesterday I walked with Charity. She has this idiosyncrasy that she doesn’t like to carry anything when she walks. She used to carry a sm...


I am having a needed quiet day. I took this yesterday. Mrs. Sherlock and I went for an easy 4 mile walk over in another residential neighborhood across the river. Charity and I went over there i...


Trees come up a lot in conversations with my students. In talking to a couple of them about where they live, they mentioned that there were two magisterial trees on their block. A big “Monkey” t...


May 15, 2021

Just Give Me One Thing

The community garden in the morning a few days back. It is peaceful and lovely to apprehend. I repotted the leggy tomato seedlings yesterday and was so sad to see that because of how I watered,...


May 12, 2021

More Like Cart... Hops

From our walk on Saturday. Lovely poppies. I went down to my plot this morning to plant the somewhat leggy tomatoes we took down in a couple of pots on Sunday. These were starts my sister picked...


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