Monday, December 31, 2007

1) a variegated euphorbia-- it was just green & white until the cold weather, now this!
2) this also seems in the euphorbia family to me-- but they grow like weeds here & there about the yard-- sometimes getting 6 feet tall. We've heard them called 'gopher spurge' (supposedly they discourage the critters?) Just this past year I started noticing them for sale in nurseries.
3) a variegated 'wallflower' (erysimum) gets ready to bloom

Thursday, December 27, 2007

on a california christmas day...

Once again, we found ourselves travelling through Napa Valley on a gorgeous day...and stopped for a mini-hike along a river. The mustard, you see, is already in bloom...

a belated joyeux noel...

featuring some photos taken at the incomparable Wendy Addison's 'Theatre of Dreams' (we stopped through there on Christmas day.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

another kind of Bloom Day

I recently posted "Bloom Day " photos taken on the 14th & 16th.
December 15th found us working our way back up the California Coast from Santa Cruz, and we stopped for a very beautiful small hike in a state park along the way.

As a way of focusing our observation of the small details, we've developed a habit of counting each type of wildflower we see on such a walk. Here, then, are most of the things we found in bloom that day, on about a one mile stretch along Waddell Creek, south of Half Moon Bay.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

December Bloom Day(s)-- frosty & foggy

Yes, this month's blooms were shot on 2 very different looking mornings: Dec. 14th (frosty) & Dec 16th (foggy). Taken all together, it appears as though it's still quite colorful out there, but there is a lot of space between those little colorful moments. A LOT of space. It seems to me as though it's been more consistently cold (yes, it's all relative!) than at this point in previous winters-- with frosty mornings being the rule.
from top:
1) camellia
2) scabiosa
3) yarrow
4) gaillardia
5) pelagorium
6) lavendar
7) primrose
8 & 9) frosty penstemon
10) helenium
11) frosty rose

To see what's blooming in gardens across the world-- visit the comment links at May Dreams Gardens.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Golden Grass...

...glows in afternoon light.

I'm also enjoying the color against the texture of these chestnut pods.

I believe the grass to be "stipa arundinacea"-- and the bottom photo shows the same plant in early September.

Monday, December 10, 2007

still life with cat

wintry light at the Laguna

Saturday, December 08, 2007

hot cocoa

Usually, with roses especially, I'm a dead-heading fool-- clipping each blossom that's past its prime, so the blooms keep coming. This year, I'm making an effort not to (now that its December)-- with the idea that the roses need to rest up some for next year. Also, some rosebushes will form lovely hips (the seedpods). Mostly mine just have the soggy, moldy-looking old roses just sitting on 'em still. And some just keep blooming, like Hot Cocoa here.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


After over a week of freezing nights, followed by several days of rain-- well, it's a damp, dreary grey mess out there, and not in a charming way. I'm tempted to do a photo-essay of the yard's most miserable, soggy moments, but for now, I'm going to go to the bright side.
These raindrops, caught by flash, become positively jewel-like, no?

And here's a foliage plant, new to the garden this year-- melianthus major-- that looks rather nice in raindrops as well, and just keeps looking crisp and healthy, come what may.

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