Photo of The Week, Pretty Onions

Who knew onions could be pretty? Yes, this beautiful white ‘flower’ is an onion that sat in the ground too long. We have a few of them that I just can’t get myself to pull because they look so pretty in the garden.

In the Garden

I am SO excited for this year’s garden to start producing. So far we have eaten a few artichokes and a ton of raspberries from the yard and we have about 10 jalapenos ready to be eaten. This year is the first time we planted our tomatoes in wine barrels and raised beds instead of directly in the ground and I am anxious to see if they turn out as well as they have in the past. From the looks of it they are doing fairly well so far!

Tomatoes in April

Tomatoes in June

                          This year we tried to make the garden a little less maintenance since we are constantly out of town, so we really didn’t plant as many vegetables as we have in the last few years. We tried to focus on planting flowers and trees that would come back every year and be a little less demanding.

Right now we have fresno chilies, jalapeno peppers, green onions (we have those all year), cilantro, basil, rosemary, tomatillos, artichokes, raspberries, and my favorite, an asian pear tree. We bought the tree last year and it is already producing!! I snapped a photo of it on my iPhone last night to send my friend in New York who loves them as much as I do. I cannot wait for them to be ready for harvest!

We also planted grapes two summers ago and they are now TAKING OVER. I love it! We planted 4 plants, one at the base of each of the posts on our overhang in the backyard. They have been climbing and climbing and now are growing over the top and grapes have started poking out through the wood and hanging down. They have given us some much needed shade on that side of the house and they look green and pretty all summer long. Not to mention the grapes are delicious!

Stay tuned for lots more gardening photos and of course some recipes with all of the delicious tomatoes.

It’s a Bug’s Life

Spring is here and that means the bugs are here! I loved taking these photos because I actually took the time to watch the bees pollinate our flowers and it really is a fascinating sight. I hope this means our garden will be fantastic this year.Thank you bees!

Wisteria

Spring Flowers

I took these photos last weekend when the sun was shining and everything seemed to be blooming. Now it’s rainy and gloomy outside so I thought this might brighten up the day.

Missing Summer

I cannot wait for spring and summer to come so we can get outside and start gardening! Our yard looks so sad and dead right now it’s kind of depressing. And it’s only January! I think I may be in need of a tropical vacation… These are a few photos from our flower garden last year.

Fall is Here! (sort of)

I have been looking forward to fall for quite some time now. I’d have to say it is one of my favorite seasons. I love the fall colors, the food, the Starbucks drinks,  the holidays, celebrating my birthday in November, and the list goes on and on.

Today is September 28th and October is just around the corner, but I have yet to feel like it is fall at all. Where I live it is in the 90’s right now and feels like it is still the middle of summer. Despite the heat, today was the first day I actually felt like it was starting to turn to fall. This little guy below is the reason. Today my local farmer’s market started selling pumpkins. So far, it is mostly just little pumpkins like this one but hey, it’s a start! I can’t wait to decorate for fall. This weekend we are taking a trip to Apple Hill and I’m hoping to buy some more fall decorations there. Happy Fall everyone!

What is your favorite season?

Cambria Flowers

There were beautiful flowers everywhere in Cambria. I tried to capture as many of them as I could. 

These last two are more like weeds, but I thought they were kinda pretty.

Monterey Flowers

Here are some photos of the gorgeous flowers I saw while visiting family in Monterey, CA.


Photo of The Week, Week 6

There were so many beautiful flowers in Monterey, but this one was my favorite!