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April 5, 2004

My Nemesis

Garden weeds!

I just spent the last three days working on the garden. The weeds and grass have gotten the best of me this year. I am late getting out and working in the yard. I have not been inspired to do any work especially since many of the weekends have been cloudy and rainy. (I know... I live in the NW ... what else should I expect?) But this weekend was sunny and warm so I tackled it. I got one of the three beds done and part of the second bed. I just don't know where some of the grass came from.

We have a perennal garden and some of the plants have been there for several years. The crab grass have over taken some of them. I almost gave up on the Perovskia filigran (Russian Sage). It was choked with grass. Hubby convinced me to dig it up and weed it. That was an effort. It is now potten in a large (20 gallon) tub waiting to be planted back. We are going to see if the grass invades the bed again and see how it does after the shock of getting up rooted. I checked today and it looks good. Fingers are crossed.

I was pretty sore yesterday after all the digging and lifting. I got a backrub which felt so good and a nice hot bath. I feel fine today. Yippeee... Conditioning is working. Now I just need to work on the endurance since I did go to bed pretty early last night.

Today was the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. I actually remember where I was ten years ago when we heard the news. We were just getting ready to fly out to Tucson on our first vacation to Tucson. I remember following the news from there and missing a bit of the action back in Seattle. Nirvana's music has been on the radio all day, there was an article from the author of his biography and I suspect there will be some type of vigil at either the park near his house or Seattle Center. We had gotten into grunge quite a bit at that time since hubby worked with someone who was in a band. We used to go to the Crocodile Cafe to hear them play. It was great time. We got out of it after they broke up and grunge was pretty dead by then. Too bad. At least we got acknowledged on their album.

On the dinner plate: Goat cheese and carmelized onion ravioli
In the wine glass: Albert Mann Riesling Cuvee Albert 2001

February 24, 2007

Gardening in Seattle

This winter has been so dreary and cold. I need something to lift my spirits and what better than way than to observe the seasonal changes in the garden. It is early and I will try to track what is in bloom along with what is happening in our garden.

The annual event to start off the gardening season is the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It has been going on for over 20 years. In the early days when G worked at the garden store in downtown Seattle, he would regularly work the booth. Working a show and going to a show for please are two very different things so occasionally I would come down after work. But there were many years that I didn't attend.

After a break, we did finally get interested in the show again. One year we even went to both the NW Garden Show and the SF Garden Show. The lectures are often good but they can be so crowded on the weekend.

Last year and this year a fellow plant geek has come over from Spokane and we've gone together. What fun! He really loves plants and it is a blast. But I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed this year. The two plant geeks like it but I found it much smaller and the displays were not very creative. I did really like the Marginal Madness display by Fancy Fronds. Lots of tender semi-tropical plants to tempt us plus a wild theme. But I was so turned off by the sports theme display. A garden with a TV in it! And the fence gate with baseballs to top the spikes. That was too much.

We saved the best for last - the plant vendors. The orchids were so tempting but I was able to pull G away. He did get several arisaemas and I was couldn't resist the huge Casablanca oriental lily bulbs from B&B Lilies. It is going to be so nice in July to sit on the deck and smell their sweet fragrance.

March 2, 2007

Witt Winter Garden

One of my favorite gardens in Seattle is the Witt Winter Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a wonderful feast for both eyes and nose. Even on a rainy day it can brighten your spirit and inspire you.

It is located just across from the Graham Visitor's Center. The parking lot at the visitor's center is very convenient for the garden. There is a sign with a list of what is in bloom. Definitely check out the plants around the visitor center. There is a stunning Viburnum X bodnantense on the south side and it was in full bloom.

The path winds up through low growing winter jasmine which unfortunately have no scent. We saw a smattering of crocuses with their gaudy purple sticking their heads up through the undergrowth. At the top of the path is a nice planting of Crape Myrtle. The mottled looking bark is striking on the drizzly day. There are a few early azaleas also in bloom.

But our noses lead us on. The witch hazel is in full bloom along the path to the left. I love their spicy perfume. And their wispy spiral flowers that look like little bows on the branches. The yellow Hamamelis mollis has a lovely scent. The red flowered trees are more spicy but the yellow has the best perfume.

The witchhazel is definitely the star of the garden but looking closely you can see many other winter gems. Underneath some of the trees are Helleborus orientalis in shades of pink and purple. The silky tassles of a Garrya brings a festive look to the dark green leaves. In addition to th Crape Myrtle trees, there are several other good examples of plants with interesting bark; the yellow bark of Cornus alba contrast nicely with clumbs of black mondo grass. Nearby is a nice grouping of two trees with interesting bark; the Himalayan birches Betula utilis var jacquemontii and paperbark maples, Acer griseum. Bringing more scent to the trail are Wintersweet Chimonanthus praecox, winter honeysuckle Lonicera Fragrantissima and Sarcococca ruscifolia.

On a dreary day, the smell and color reminds us that spring is not far.

March 9, 2007

Nurseries

Today we visited two popular nurseries in the Seattle area; Flower World and Swansons. G likes to visit to see how other nursery businesses are run and what is available.

Flower World is located on 15 acres near Malby. They grow most of their plants so they are able to offer lower prices than many other nurseries. It is also a very pleasant nursery to visit because it is well laid out with wide gravel paths and a display area with winding paths. They even have a small farm near by.

My biggest complaint about the nursery is also one of their advantages. They have large quantities of popular varieties and not a lot of unusual plants. If you need a typical bedding plant or tree, you can get a great price on locally grown stock. But if you are looking for the latest hot hybrid or something rare and unusual, Flower World is not the place to find it.

I took advantage of the great price to pick up a few primroses. I couldn't resist getting a couple to make a cheerful pot of yellow primroses. I have it out on the deck so I can see them from the kitchen.

Swanson's is a gardener's paradise. They are currently building a several new greenhouses but it doesn't seem to disrupt the business. Spring can be so chaotic.

The displays were gorgeous. Right now, they have pots of variety of different bulbs. They even had a few Lachenalia which brought back memories of South Africa. They also had several tempting containers. We enjoyed meandering through the selection. But as expected, it is not inexpensive.

They also have a conservatory, excellent gift shop and a small cafe. Perfect way to spend an enjoyable morning although it is very hard to leave without a car full of plants.

March 11, 2007

In bloom this week

It is warming up and plants are starting to bloom. Tuesday was so nice and warm. Today is rain but that brings us April flowers.

This week the flowering plums and some early cherries are open. I love it when the pink clouds start opening on the hills. Forsythia has added yellow to gray days. The crocuses are just peaking and the early daffodils are now blooming. They are excellent when planted in clumps. The white and red sprays of Pieris is brightening up their evergreen foliage. Adding texture and exoticness to the gardens are the hellebores and Euphorbias. It will be another week for Euphorbia characias wulfenii and Euphorbia myrsinites to be blooming.

March 16, 2007

Sugar Snap Peas

It has been several years since we had a vegetable garden. But this year we want to get back to growing a bit of our food. The farmer markets are so good and I like supporting our local farmers but I also like the ability to walk into the yard and pick fresh produce.

Today I planted sugar snap peas. They are one of my favorite peas. I remember when then were first introduced in the late '70s. One of the pathologists in the medical lab I was working at the time introduced me to the pea. We've grown them on and off ever since.

President's Day is the traditional time to plant peas here in the NW. I never get my peas in that early but I'm not doing too bad this year getting them in just before St Patrick's Day. We have an obelisk in a sunny spot so I planted them thickly around the base. I gave them a nice watering and now I'll wait. I'll want to watch out for slugs and cutworms also. I lost a crop one year to cutworms.

Package says they will be ready in 70 days.

March 17, 2007

Wearing of the green

The garden is dressed in green just in time for St Patrick's Day. The shades range from the light creamy green Corsican hellebore flowers to the dark hunter green of tulip leaves. And the varied textures. The interesting chartreuse bell shape flowers of Euphorbia characias sp wulfenii, the unfrilling lacy leaves of Paeonia ludlowii, and the sprawling blue grey lefted Euphorbia myrsinites.

Here is a montage of the March green in the garden.

Spring Montage

March 24, 2007

Blue in the spring garden

Blue Spring

Blue is the color this week. The dark muddy soil is starting to be accented with patches of blue from bulbs and early perennials.

The first plant in the montage is pulmonaria also known as lungwort. This is a lovely spring bloomer which comes in shades of blue, pink and white. This one is Pulmonaria longifolia 'Bertram Anderson'. In the summer it has long dark green lanceshape leaves which are speckled with grey. This is an older hybrid but we have found it to be very reliable.

The second plant in the montage is Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica. This little beauty is native to the Middle East and Asia and is quite easy to grow.

The last is one of my favorite little bulbs, Muscari armeniacum or grape hyacinths. These naturalize wonderfully into carpets of blue. Plus they have a light fragrance. They make wonderful small bouquets for the window sill.

March 27, 2007

It is time for Spring plant sales

The Spring plant sales are starting up. One of the first ones of the season is this weekend at the Rhododendron Species Foundation in Federal Way. This is a great sale if you are looking for unusual Rhododendrons or perennials for your garden.

While you are there, also check out the gardens. It has been located on the Weyerhauser corporate campus since 1975. We made our first visit to the garden in the late '70s while G was at school. It contain beautiful species Rhododendron from throughout the world along with lovely woodland plants. We have several species plants in our garden such as the following R. irroratum Polka Dot.

April 15, 2007

Rhododendron Species Foundation

Rhododendron Species Foundation

We had a chance to visit the Rhododendron Species Foundation this weekend. We first started visiting the garden in the late '70s while G was at school. The history is very interesting. We were very interested in Rhododendrons after we returned to Seattle and learned a lot about the original plant explorers who collected the plants in the Himalaya mountains for gardens in England. The garden influenced a trip we made to England. We designed our 1985 trip around the gardens in Cornwall to see some of original Rhododendron collections.

But our interested wanned in Rhododendrons and we stopped visiting. It was only recently that I had a chance to visit the garden again. G was doing a plant sale and I stopped in. Gorgeous absolutely gorgeous.

I really enjoy the woodland plants that have been collected and added to the garden. Slowing down and looking closely at the beds - you can be amazed at the woodland wonders that can be found.

April 27, 2007

FloraBundance Spring Plant Sale

It is time for the biggest plant sales in the Puget Sound region; FloraBundance Plant Sale for the Arboretum Foundation. SmartyPlants Nursery will be there.

We're busy setting up our tables with an outstanding selection of salvias and other interesting perennials. The sale is Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-3. Come by early for the best selection.

April 28, 2007

Tomatoes

My snap peas are coming along fine. A slug took the leaves off of a few but they survived the attack. I put out some Sluggo so hopefully that will protect them. I also re-planted a few. Otherwise they are about a foot high and starting to climb.

We are also going to grow tomatoes this summer. We haven't had a tomato patch in a while and we have missed it. I don't mind picking up the tomatoes at the farmer's markets but there is nothing like a warm tomato right off the vine.

This year we are going to put the empty greenhouse to work and grow them in the greenhouse. It is pretty empty now that Smartyplants sold out of salvias at FloraBundance Arboretum sale. We need to have early ripening tomatoes so I can have a few before I leave for my French school. We picked up a 'Celebrity' a couple of weeks ago and have it going already in the greenhouse. But I waited to get the rest from Langley Fine Gardens at the Arboretum sale. They grow the most and the best tomatoes for the Puget Sound region.

After a bit of consulting, I decided on 5 other tomatoes; French Carmello, Yellow Perfection, Black Prince, Sungold, and Green Grape. These will give us a variety of different colored tomatoes and most are early ripening. G potted them up into 2 gallon plants and now I wait. It is supposed to be 70-75 days between when they are set out and ripening. Maybe we'll have tomatoes by mid-July. I know... wishful thinking for Seattle.

May 1, 2007

May Flowers

April showers bring May Flowers

How true. The cherries have finished blooming and the trees are leafing out. It is now on to the next wave of blooming plants. The neighborhoods are a riot of color; filled with hybrids of our state flowers, the Rhododendron.

It is interesting living in the suburb. Many of the yards still have some of the original plants used for landscaping. Another example of a bulk purchase - similar plants. Unique is no long a unique Rhododendron in the neighborhood. Everyone seems to have one. If it isn't Unique, then it is either 'Mrs Furnival' or 'Hino Crimson' evergreen azalea.

Lilacs
Lilacs are also in bloom. Their scent is perfuming the neighborhood. White, lilac and dark magenta in color. Lilacs are bittersweet for me. They herald the height of spring but also bring memories of a good friend who died of breast cancer in 2002, Surain. She was the same age as I am when she died in spring of 2002. I never knew the origin of her name until her memorial service. There was a lovely wreath of lilac and roses. Before she was born, her father had walked around the garden with a relative from Sweden identifying the names of the plants in Swedish. They came to a lilac bush and he said "Syren". He thought this would be a wonderful name for a girl and from the phonetic spelling came Surain. She was such a vibrant person. I miss her.

The peonies are also coming in bloom. The early
Paeonia mlokosewitschii is in full bloom. The other peonies are budded and should be in bloom in a couple more weeks.

May 4, 2007

Dunn Gardens

Dunn Gardens

Sometimes you will find the most amazing surprises right in your backyard. Today we found the Dunn Gardens.

I had heard of the garden but never really knew much about it. We stopped by their booth at the Seattle Flower Show this year and picked up a brochure. We realized the garden was located in Broadview neighborhood of Northwest Seattle.

The Dunn Gardens was the summer estate of Arthur G Dunn Sr. Dunn Sr had made his fortune in the early 1900's in the Northwest fishing cannery industry. His friend, John Agen, owned 20 acres just north of the city limit. The land had been recently logged with expansive views over the Puget Sound. Agen convinced Dunn to build a summer home on half of the property. It would provide a nice retreat from his home in the city on First Hill.

Dunn Gardens
The Olmsted Brother landscape architecture firm was very active in Seattle region in the early 1900's. They designed the majority of Seattle Parks, created a master plan of parks and boulevards that run along Lake Washington and designed the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. They also designed The Highlands, an exclusive gated community just north of the city limits. Agen and Dunn hired the firm to landscape their summer estate in 1916.

The plan took advantage of the natural features of the property. Paths and drives curve through the property opening to vistas and small garden rooms. It included a croquet court and a tennis court although the tennis court was never build. Dunn requested that the plantings included several Eastern deciduous trees to remind him of New York state. There were also groupings of bulbs, shrubs and other flowering trees. Arthur Dunn supervised and did much of the original plantings enjoying his garden and summer estate until his death in 1945.

Over the years several houses were built on the property. A separate house was built for his daughter Dorothy. The main house was replaced in 1949. It was moved a bit east in the property and a large meadow lawn area replaced the original summer home.

After Dunn's death, the property was split among his children. The eastern parcel was sold to developers but the remaining 8 acres are still intact. His second son, Edward, was also an avid gardener and spent much of his time turning his portion of the property into a wonderland of rhododendrons and woodland plants. Dorothy renovated the croquet garden and hired Fujitaro Kubota designer of Kubota garden to design in install a series of ponds.

Today, the gardens are maintained by the E.B. Dunn History Garden Trust and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can only visit the garden on a tour. The weekends were booked but they also have tours on Thursday and Friday. These are a great way to take advantage of a more quiet tour. We met our docent in a lovely garden room off the garage. After a brief overview of the history of the garden, we headed out along the path to the west. Most of the views of the Puget Sound are long gone. But there is no need for a vista since most of what you want to see is right there along the paths.

The Rhododendrons were is full bloom. There are several large 'loderi' hybrid Rhododendrons lining the first meadow after leaving the patio. We had just missed the Erythronium revolutum. They must have been spectacular since lined many of the woodland paths. But there were many triliums still in bloom. The Podophyllum pleianthum was also spectacular. The croquet court is now bordered with heathers and a summer perennial bed. New landscaping is going in around the house that was formerly Dorthy's home.

I really enjoyed the pond garden. The water cascaded down the ravine with benches placed on small shelves for relaxing and reflection. We will return again to see the different seasons.

Dunn Garden Website
History of Dunn Gardens from HistoryLink
Olmsted Park Plans Cybertour from HistoryLink


May 11, 2007

Lakewold Garden

Lakewold Garden Vista

We finally had a chance to visit Lakewold Garden, a well known Puget Sound garden just outside of Tacoma. I don't know why it took so long.

The garden consists of 10 acres bordering Lake Gravelly near Fort Lewis. It was originally purchased by Emma Alexander in 1908. Her son created gardens to enhance the view of the lake and Mt. Rainier. The original backbones of the gardens were created at this time. There is a rumor that the Olmsteds had a hand in the design but there is no evidence. The property changed owners but it wasn't until it was passed to Corydon and Eulalie Wagner in 1938 that it took on today's design.

Lakewold Gardens
In 1958, Eulalie hired Thomas Church, a noted California landscape designer. He embraced principles of abstract modernism taking elements of cubism and Bauhaus into the garden. He took the basic lines and expanded them with the wonderful quatrefoil pool, cleverly placed statuary and small garden rooms. Eulalie, an avid plantswoman, filled the garden and rooms with wonderful plants.

The entrance to the garden is along the curving driveway. It passes through large groves of rhododendrons and specimen trees. The large loderi hybrids were in full bloom along with many species rhododendrons. Interspersed through the trees, we caught glimpses of the spacious lawn, house and lake. From the house entryway, there is a wonderful view of the front lawn bordered by beautiful trees such as a Princess Tree Paulownia tomentosa, copper beech Fagus sylvatica 'Atropunicea' . On each wide of the wide entry are statues which give the garden a classic English feel. They are a nice counterpoint to the lushness of the NW garden.

From the house, a lovely brick walkway exits towards a pavillon. On one side is a small shade garden filled with ferns and native woodland plants such as Vancouveria and mouse plant Arisarum proboscoideum . On oneside of the walkway is a boxwood framed parterre border filled with bulbs. Framing the brick walkway are two lovely Mount Fuji flowering cherries. Their blossoms were just finishing and the gentle winds blew the flowers around us like snow.

Off to the side was the quatrefoil pool. Thomas Church designed the four left clover style pool providing reflections from each angle. At the end of the brick walkway was a covered shelter providing another interesting vista of the garden.

From here we took a winding path down to the shade garden. A lovely pool and stream is shaded by several different specimen Japanese maples and Parrotias. We glimpsed the bright orange red blossoms of a Chilean flame tree up above. Also along the path to Picnic point were several Stewartia pseudocamelias with their beautiful bark. From the point, you had a nice vista across the lake.

Lakewold Gardens
Under the 'Wolf Tree', a large douglas fir, is another shade garden. Here we found many varieties of trilliums and other interesting bulbs and woodland plants. We even found a woodland orchid Cypripedium parviflorum in bloom along with several alba white forms of Camas.

Continuing along the path we came to the rock garden. From here, there was a wonderful view up the lawn to the house. Along the side were interesting and unexpected gardens. The patio at the house was covered by ancient white and purple wisteria in full bloom. The scent tickled our noses. Off to the side was a lovely herb knot garden bordered with brick creating a lovely belvedere back across the lawn to the lake. The peonies were just starting to bloom. In a month, it would be filled with roses.

A lovely garden combining the natural beauty of the Northwest with beautiful plants.



Lakewold Gardens

May 19, 2007

How does my garden grow?

This is a planting weekend. The sugar snap peas are coming along nicely. They are just about 2 feet high. We have the tomatoes in the greenhouse but they are growing slowly.

We took advantage of the nursery sales and bought a bunch of annuals. This is the first year that G has actually encouraged me and suggested that I plant some annuals. I got two 6-packs of rudbeckias; Indian Summer and Prairie Sun. We put each type in a large pot. We combined the orange rudbeckias with light blue salvias. It should look great. I also got a few other traditional annuals; yellow snapdragons and Lilliput zinnias. I made small display bed and it should be nice for cutting. Zinnias are so cheerful.

Today we picked up a few rose colored calibrachoa. They look like little miniature petunias and will be much better in our rainy weather than the large petunias which can look terrible after a rain storm. G put the in a small metal tub with a miniature purple fountain grass and some sedums.

And it was warm enough to plant green beans. This year's varieties are Blue Lake pole and Romano pole. We set up a teepee out of rebar for them to climb on. It will be 6-8 days before they germinate. I'll put some sluggo out tomorrow to keep the slugs at bay

May 20, 2007

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Whenever we want a perennial fix, we make a trip to the Bellevue Botanical Garden . This is a relatively new garden which opened 1992. The Northwest Perennial Alliance worked with the Bellevue Parks Department to create the garden.

The highlight of the garden is the 17,000 square feet perennial border. It is broken out in to sections by color; gold, pink, variegated, hot, blue, black lavender and more. Along the top of the border, a filbert-shell covered path winds through old apple trees and climber roses. Everywhere you turn there is a delight for the plants person. South of the main border, under several large conifers, is a shade border.

There are several other areas for exploring. Near the entrance is the alpine garden. We loved the Centaurea fischeri related to bachelor buttons. The bees loved it also. Next is a waterwise garden showing how to use evergreen ground covers. This leads into a small herb garden lined with interesting mediterranean plants.

One of the new areas is a tumbling stream area focusing on ground cover plants. Next to it is the Yao garden, a Japanese inspired garden which has potential but always seemed lacking to us. And the newest garden is a northwest native plant garden with a lovely pond-bog. It has recently been planted and it should be nice in a year or so.

Here is a slide show of some photos from our recent visit.


May 24, 2007

So how are the tomatoes coming?

This season's tomatoes

G moved the tomatoes up today. They are now in their 20 gallon tubs and located in the sunny corner of the greenhouse. A few of them are already flowering but it will probably still be a while before they set fruit. We're still on track for August.

May 26, 2007

Blooms of the week

Here is what is in bloom this week in the garden .

June 1, 2007

Pot Roundup

Pot roundup

There is a special plastic recycling collection for farmers in Snohomish county next weekend. Northwest Ag Plastic recycling will be collecting plastic nursery pots along with hay bale bags and twine. They will recycle these into black nursery items, pipes and truck liners. This is perfect for us because we have a lot of round plastic nursery pots that we have no plans on using and we don't want to dump them into the garbage.

The closest collection site is up in Marysville. We also have some old chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, batteries and paint so we'll make a stop in Everett on the way to drop off those items at the Snohomish Hazardous Waste drop off.

But the pots have to be sorted and loose dirt dusted off before they will be accepted. So that was my job this afternoon - sorting and dusting old gallon pots. It took me about 3 hours to go through all the pots. They had been sitting under the nursery benches in a dark corner. Not only were the pots dirty and dusty but they also had a fair amount of spider webs, eggs and live spiders. Fortunately, I'm not afraid of spiders but I did yell a couple of times when I came across a large wolf spider. A good stiff whisk broom cleaned them up and kept the critters at arms length.

By the end, I was hot, dusty and dirty. I couldn't wait to finish and take a cool shower.

June 2, 2007

In bloom this week

June 24, 2007

In bloom this week

We were gone last week for Fathers Day and the garden seemed to erupt while we were gone. Many of the salvias are blooming and I hope to get a slide show next week when I get my new macro lens.

I'm trying another Flickr slideshow generator. This on is SlideFlickr which is really easy to use. It has an advanced option so you can select photos with a tag and the viewer can display the titles by clicking on the photo. I can't decide if I fully like the way the titles are displayed but it is one of the better ways of handling it.

Enjoy! (and don't forget to click on a photo so you can see the name of the plant).

June 29, 2007

Old City Cemetery - Sacramento

We didn't get a chance to get down to California at Mother's Day this year. I had a business commitment which took me out of town. We missed the salvia sale at Cabrillo College. G was disappointed but it was probably good to miss it and have a break from salvias.

We decided to go Father's Day instead. It also gave us a chance to celebrate my in-law's 55th wedding anniversary. I thought it would be nice to explore the gardens and nurseries of Sacramento. I checked with Chris for recommended nurseries. She recommended Busnell's Nursery near Roseville. It had Annie's Annuals so G was interested.

I also checked the Sacramento Bee before we left and came across a wonderful article on the Old City Cemetery. The Hamilton Square area is a planted with many plants from the Mediterranean area. Perfect!

Bushnells was wonderful. It has a great collection of daylilies. G had to pick up two plants of course. We were running late when we finished but still had time to stop by the cemetery.

The afternoon was hot - 105 degrees. The valley was having their first over 100 heat wave. So here were two North westerners out in the mid-day sun. Mad-Dogs and Seattlites! But we loved it. G was in plant heaven. There were many salvias in full bloom. One plant stumped G. He finally identified it yesterday as a dianella.

For more information on the cemetery, check the link above or read this article from SF Gate.

Here are a few photos of the day:

July 20, 2007

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia My rudbeckias are just starting to bloom. They are one of my favorite summer flowers. I have them in a pot with blue salvias. They also make great bouquets. I'm looking forward to cutting some soon.

July 21, 2007

Last harvest of Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas

Today we harvested the last of the sugar snap peas. They were starting to crowd and shade the green beans so it was time to go. They did well this year. We got about three weeks of harvests off our little patch.

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