Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Of Spring and Goats

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I have been looking and looking for the quintessential image of spring in my garden.  And while there are many flowers (I'll tell you about the goat in a minute), and many lovely green leaves on the trees and shrubs, and even blue skies, which are sadly not filled with Swallows yet, not one of my photos actually shouted Use Me!


Then this lovely African violet, sitting near the breakfast table in east light, began to bloom, with her spun sugar-like petals and soft spring-pink blush.  This is the one who shouted out loud - demurely, of course...

Happy Spring!


And spring it is, in all her glory on Raven Ridge. If it weren't for the marauding goat.

This goat is one of many that live on the property next to us.  I have no problem with goats. What I have a problem with is the owner of the goat who lets it wander - up the road and into my yard.

On its way around my garden this past week, it ate the new growth and buds off of several roses, completely consumed my blooming and about to bloom tulips (it came back the next day or several to finish that job), ate the tops off of the tiger lilies that were just setting buds (came back again and nibbled on the stalks), tasted and found lacking some sparaxis leaves, ate a few Douglas iris leaves (came back again to finish that job), and then left.  Mr CC only saw him one time and chased him off and down the road. But the goat came back.

Over the years, I have asked the property owner to keep her goats penned; that they have been wreaking havoc in my yard. She will comply and all will be well for a while, sometimes for several years. Then it starts all over again. This particular goat is a sweetheart and will compliantly scoot away when told. Too bad the owner can't be as compliant.

Photos of destruction coming soon...




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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Early Spring Daffodils

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Heralding the coming of spring, daffodils in all shapes and sizes are beginning to bloom in my garden.




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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Spring Has Sprung on the North Coast

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Last week I spent 8 days with my youngest sister in her home in still-very-cold-freezing-snowy Colorado, which, by the way, was a wonderful visit full of walks, talks, and adventures, 
and when I returned home I was greeted by this...



Spring!






Yes, in my absence spring had sprung.

Not only had these flowers bloomed, but the bees were out buzzing around,
and the grass had grown so high that already I have to mow the lawns.

If only it would stop raining long enough for me to get to it.

I hope the flowers bloom soon in your garden.



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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Mini Iris: A New Beginning Amid the Spoils of Winter

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After the deep freeze of early December, followed by a mild and sunny January, February has begun its watch with rain.  Rain, rain and more rain.  Rain that is much needed to parched California.  And along with this shift in weather pattern, peeking from the brown and dried vestiges of last summer's flowers, come my adorable, always surprising, 6-inch tall mini irises.

What a pleasure.





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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: St. Francis Fountain

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Hard as it may be to believe from this sunny autumnal photo, there is snow on the ground just 3-feet away.

Still, this sweet vignette is what greets folks as they approach my front door.

Had to capture the shadow on this cold, cold day.



More Shadow Shots are ready to view here on Shadow Shot Sunday.





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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - The Chapel at Sea Ranch

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A trip to Sea Ranch to be with the grandboys while their parents had an anniversary outing doubled as an opportunity to re-visit this beautiful little pan-denominational chapel.

While taking the outside photos the sun "came out from behind a cloud", casting the shadows of the hand-wrought spire onto the roof.

To see more shadow shots from other shadow-chasing photographers, check out Shadow Shot Sunday each and every Sunday.



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Black Calla Lily in Autumn

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While the brilliant colors of autumn are making quite a spectacle of themselves outdoors against a clear blue sky, the black calla lily plant I purchased in October is putting on a dazzling display of its own on the sun porch.



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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Japanese Maple and Clematis

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Fall colors are ablaze these days on Raven Ridge; from pure yellows to orange, copper and fiery red.
This vignette is comprised of Japanese maple and a white-blooming clematis - a little shy of flowers but quite a prolific grower. I cut it back several times during the summer to keep it from completely engulfing the dwarf maple tree.




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Friday, August 02, 2013

Frilly Red Poppy . . . In Black and White . . .

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. . . losing her skirt.  See the color photo below.










I've been away most of the summer but between trips have taken many, many poppy photos,
which are awaiting their walk-on to the blog.

August will find me better situated to post them.




This is how they look now: sadly coming to an end but providing
a million seeds for next summer.


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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

California Ctenucha

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Pronounced "ten-oocha", this moth appears rarely in my garden, but what a sight it is when I'm lucky enough to come across it.

I say "it" referring to the moth species; obviously, in this photo, they're a "they".

Ah, fun in the garden.


Click on the link to see a bit about them:  http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Ctenucha-multifaria




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