Spring

Spring

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hydrangeas and Crocosmia

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What's blooming in my garden right now?


Hydrangea - Raven Ridge Gardens 2012
 This.


Hydrangeas and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' - Raven Ridge Gardens 2012
And these.



And tomorrow there will be more.  Maybe even that vegetable garden update I've been promising.




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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Deep Pink Bi-Color Clematis

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I've photographed and posted the blooms of this particular clematis several times over the years and, to me, it gets lovelier as the years pass.  See more photos, taken in varying light,  here and here





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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cool Water, Cool Weather, and Garden Zucchini

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Cool, foggy days are the norm during summers on the far north coast of California.  Sometimes it's so foggy and the air is so wet, the forecasters call it drizzle.  Locals call it spitting.

I wish I could send some of our weather to my friends, family, and blogging friends who are dealing with record heat and drought this summer.  And maybe get just a bit of sun in return.  The zucchini would like that.

The best I can do is invite you to visit coastal Humboldt County to experience for yourselves what life is like in California's refrigerator; where the majestic redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean and outdoor fun includes camping, biking, hiking, fishing, surfing, boogie boarding, skateboarding, and beach walking.  All in coastal-cool summer temps.  Can you say "today's high, 62-degrees" in mid-July?  In the northern hemisphere?

And if you bring a bit of sun with you, you just might get zucchini for dinner, chez nous.







 A sunny and warm late spring had the zucchini growing like zucchini should: from itty bitty fruits to kitchen-size overnight.  Now that summer has settled in it's growing at a more sedate pace.  This is definitely not the Sacramento Valley!


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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: Cocktails anyone?

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I am often highly amused by shadows.

This one especially.








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