"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere
" Van Gogh

Sunday, April 11, 2021

April 2021 - In my Garden

Wow, April folks.  

 A morning shot of my garden and it is about that time to say good-bye to my fall - winter garden. I had a blessed season and I have already started sowing my summer vegetables, flowers and herbs. 

But, lets recap with a few more photos before I take out and replenish the bed for summer.

The violets just sprouted on their own and they added color to my lettuce and kale bed. 

This bed had a mix of different types of lettuce, spinach,  carrots, cilantro, parsley and radishes.  

These photos show what I was able to harvest from fall through a few days ago.
Amazing and I think I may get one last haul of lettuce.

Snow peas did pretty good. I like that the vines did not grow too tall and perfect for a small gardens.
Seeds from Seeds of Change, organic heirloom "dwarf grey sugar pea pod"

My dwarf meyer lemon tree.
 I am so happy the little tree is doing so well. I had it planted in a large container and not much of growth or flower production, (about 2 years). Now that it is planted in the ground it seems to love it new home. Look at all the blooms and lemons. 

 Now for some  flowers.

All kinds a beauty here.
I gathered this bouquet from the garden and along our parkway (a space along the street)
Cosmos, larkspurs, cornflowers, nigella, yarrow and sweet Williams

A patch that brings a smile to my face when I drive into my drive into my driveway or walking home from my walks.
The Spanish lavender was planted about 15 years ago, started from seed. 

A beautiful, spectacular and interesting flower, in my opinion.
These were started from seed in the fall. Seeds came from Floret
This is their "Starry Night mix"

Not a tidy plant but I think it is worth a try.
I sown the seeds directly into the ground long one of my planters (North facing side of the house), there are a few plants here.

"Sherbet Toned Chantilly mix
Seeds from Floret

First time growing this type of snapdragon flower.  Seeds were sown in the fall, September - October. 

Love the colors so far in my garden.   Thank you for visiting my blog.  

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Hello Spring 2021

What is growing in my garden?

Purple sage

It is planted next to my  snow pea vines. 


Tonda di Pargi carrots

My fall and winter garden did an amazing job of producing beautiful greens, violas, carrots, herbs and nasturtiums. 
The snow peas are starting to produce and I hope the will continue. 
First bouquet from my garden. 
The Sweet Williams are starting to finally bloom.  It took almost 2 seasons for them to bloom.  I started them from seed. 

A new variety of pansies called Rococo mix from Floret Seeds
I love to press flowers from my garden.  I need to get busy and do something with them.

These are being pressed.  The violas have self sown themselves in my garden.  Maybe next year, instead of pressing them, try to use them in my baking.

Thank you for visiting and hope to have more photos to share of the garden.
Have a beautiful spring season.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 2021 In The Garden - Beautiful Lettuce

Late winter garden here in southern California has been beautiful for us.  So blessed indeed. The raised beds of lettuce, other greens and herbs have done a fantastic job.  The main seed mixes I have use this year are the  "sassy salad" mesclun mix and "Gourmet Baby" greens mix, both from Botanical Interests.  
Yes, I do add cilantro and a few nasturtium and pansy flowers into my salad.  

This bed here, I have some leeks (still in the baby stages), lettuce mix, carrots, larkspurs (I thought I lost them), Nero Kale and pansies.  


These beauties are from the seed packed called "carnival blend, Botanical Interests seeds. I do not have great success growing carrots, but I keep trying and what ever I get is good enough to me.  

This is what the red carrot looks on the inside.  So pretty.

Again, I love growing the mixes.  You get so many beautiful colors, shapes, textures and flavors. I will be sad to see the season end for growing lettuce, but I will start sowing them again in September.  
Nasturtium in a large container along with some scallions that just sprouted and a cilantro plant.  

Early in the morning I uncover the beds to get the nice early morning sun.  But once the sun becomes to intense I will cover them.  The covers also protect the tender greens at night from other pests.  

Thank you for your visit and hope to post soon.
Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

February Gardening 2021

I do have better luck with sowing my seed into cells or peat pellets.

A few photos to share of what I am growing at the moment.
This bed has a lot going on but I love it.
I have one of my favorite lettuce mesclun mixes called "Sassy Salad" from Botanical Interest, cilantro, Lavewa Spinach, and snow peas in the background.  I had to take the peas out.  They were too tall and the winds we had last month pushed them over.  I should have done a better job of thinning the vines.  
Beautiful!  I also add some cilantro to my salad, not too much.  I love the extra layer of flavor it gives.

My new favorite greens to grow in the garden is the Nero Toscana Kale

Kale Ialian Lacinato "Nero Toscana" Botanical Interests seeds
Blanch or saute 

What do I do with excess cilantro?
I made a delicious sauce, Cilantro-Jalapeno Adobo Sauce
I found the recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Christopher Kimball "Milk Street"

So good too and I have used over eggs and as a pesto for my pasta.  It freezes well too.

Bok Choy and Nero Toscana Kale
Another plant I love to grow is bok choy.  I like the baby choy because it grows in quicker. Here in my So. California garden it bolts so fast.  This year I have used garden shade cloths and seems to have helped.  It is very sensitive in warmer climates.

The garden cloth allows the plants to get filtered sun and also helps with the white moths and other things that like to nibble at your garden.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope to post more soon.