Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Green Black Cherry tomatoes

Green Japanese Black Trifele

Green Momotaro tomatoes

Green Stupice tomatoes
Green bean
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

I'm being followed by a moon flower

I inherited my community garden plot from someone who I believe was cultivating a moon garden, a white flower only garden. There has been about several years since I've taken over this plot and still find surprises emerging. This year, I have amarylis sprouting. True to form, they are all white or pale yellow flowers.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blues at The Getty

I always get a kick out of visiting the garden at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I'm always envious of the person who buys the plants for the garden. I want that job! It seems they end up buying the most unusual variant of any plant available for their garden. Tonight, the blues were in fabulous bloom.

I like this trellis below. I would like to order one for my garden.
Here is a closeup of the trailing flowers.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Meyer lemon fruit and flowers

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As we approach the summer solstice, my Meyer lemon has decided to begin a second round of flowering, although laden with developing fruits from the first go-round. That's absolutely fine with me because I do love the smell of lemon flowers. I wish it would bloom all year, in fact. I take care to generously fertilize my potted Meyer lemon each month, regardless.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mystery patch tale: cabbage or cauliflower?

Earlier this spring, I kept bunch of seed packets in my purse as it makes it easier to pull out my seeds each time I visited my community garden plot. After several months, I noticed that most of my seed packets had fallen apart, the bottom of my purse now home to a seed collection. Since I abhor wasting seeds and I got tired of grabbing seeds each time I rummaged through my purse, I upturned my purse one day, dumping the contents over a bed of soil. Included: cilantro, cabbage, caulifower, broccoli and chard. I'm left with no idea what these are but they do look hearty and happy.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Flowers and fruit from my potato plant

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Funny how hardy volunteers do so well with so little care. My volunteer potato plants have flowered and are now fruiting. The fruit look so much like tomatoes, but of course, a they both hail from the same family, Solanaceae.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Crazy squirrel hanging by his toes eating sunflower seeds

This was the second time I saw a squirrel hanging upside down from this sunflower in a neighbor's plot. I was able to pull out my point and shoot camera, video now uploaded on youtube. Wait until about 19 seconds in to see him actually swinging upside down.

First Stupice harvested today

Proudly presenting the first Stupice tomato to ripen. These tomatoes are about the size of a golf ball, not very large.
Posting older photos so you can see the progression. Somehwere along the way, the middle tomato has disappeared....

Here is what it looked like in April when I first planted it.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Picked my first tomato today! It was a Valencia....

I picked the orange one on the top though it is too early. I just got too excited and couldn't wait. There are patient gardeners out there, and I'm not always on that list, especially when it comes to tomatoes. For the record, it was a cold miserable February day when I planted that seedling.

The cooler climate tolerant Valencias have been the first tomatoes to develop here by the beach.

The earliest photo of the Valencias

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