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Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter in My Garden #1 - Lupin and Wild Arugula

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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.




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Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Winter Solstice

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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.




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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Cheer

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Pyracantha and cotoneaster in full berry dress.




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Monday, December 17, 2007

It's Almost Mid-Year, in the Cycle of Things...

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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.








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Friday, December 14, 2007

Autumn in My Garden #20 - Clematis

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In late autumn it looks like this; so very Dr. Seuss-ian.

From its pristine beginnings in spring; a sweetly-scented clematis.





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Monday, December 10, 2007

Autumn in My Garden #19 - Happiness

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All is well, Grasshopper.




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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Autumn in My Garden #18 - Pansy with Mums

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I'm trying for an even 20 posts for my Autumn Series so here's one from a number of photos I took almost a month ago - when it still felt like fall.




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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Autumn in My Garden #17 - Paw Prints in Frost

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Although officially it's still autumn, it's beginning to look, and feel, a lot like winter around here.


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Friday, December 07, 2007

Maybeck Carriage Houses

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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.




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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

San Francisco's Many Steps

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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.





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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Beautiful Bromeliad

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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...




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