Lupin and a type of wild arugula (rocket) may be found growing on hillsides, meadows and my garden here on the north coast. The lupin can be invasive and hard to contain but the rocket, which blooms white, pink, pale purple and golden yellow, is a gentle plant, easily removed from vegetable beds. The blossoms have a peppery mustard taste and are fantastic in salads, cream cheese spreads, or just picked from the plant and popped into your mouth. I was surprised to find these blooms on the first day of winter. Click on the photo for a fun close-up of the water droplets.
It officially became winter this evening at 10:08 PST. We wanted a bonfire to celebrate but had a very small fire instead because it was already below 32-degrees and we couldn't keep the flames going. Still, it was pretty and warm while it lasted. Happy Solstice everyone! Welcome to winter, the turning of the year and the return of the light.
This time of year with our lighthouse decked in a holiday glow reminds me that
June, sunlight, flowers blooming and vegetables growing is a mere 6 months away. It's a fair and necessary trade, these short gray days and long winter nights, for the delights of summer. Perspective comes to mind, and I like that.
More photo's from Susan's 'hood: These dual carriage houses, sweet in their simplicity, are adjacent to a club house designed by California architect Bernard Maybeck. And although I can't be sure, I'm hoping, and it stands to reason, he designed these also.
This is one of more than 300 stairways that can be found throughout San Francisco. Susan's 'hood is host to quite a few of them. Click here for a rather eccentric web site on a mission to find and list all the stairways that exist.
I'm not very knowledgeable about Bromeliads. I know that there are many, many varieties, for both indoor and outdoor gardening, but I've never grown one. I've just found out that they are in the same family as pineapples. Who knew?
This was flashing it's colors at us while we were taking a walk in Susan's neighborhood this past week and I couldn't resist snapping a photo. More 'hood photos to follow...