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The mood here in the garden is one of happiness and hope this week…

A bonanza of citrus!

A bonanza of citrus!

Following a nearly 9-month job search; (which was sadly sidelined for 3.5 months to recuperate following the shattered ankle) this gardener is finally rejoining the world of the gainfully employed masses! The new job; an administrative position for a company here in Oakland, CA, starts Monday, May 12th. I am looking forward to getting into a steadier income stream so I can rebuild some savings, pick up the occasional addition to the patio garden, and save up for some much-needed upgrades for my bike.

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom

Miss Gretchen should be quite happy to again have unfettered run of the house during the days while I am work. The one benefit of my unemployed stint was that she and I had plenty of time to bond with each other; a process and time which both she and I definitely needed. Miss G has been spending most of the sunshine filled days of the past week lounging out on the patio,  trying her best stealth cat impression by hiding under one of the patio chairs or tucked in behind a planter awaiting a mistake by the local fauna. I don’t have the heart to tell her that ALL of the critters KNOW that she is out there and keep their distance accordingly; which is for the best, I don’t want her hurting any of the local critters. Thankfully, she is not the super stealthy huntress that her genes would suggest; so either way, the critters are usually pretty safe regardless of where she is hiding.

Miss Gretchen Enjoying the Shade of a Patio Chair

Miss Gretchen Enjoying the Shade of a Patio Chair

Lazy days; it's good to be a cat!

Lazy days; it’s good to be a cat!

The mini heat wave we had here in the Bay Area last week were just the ticket to spur my Arkansas Traveler tomatoes first significant growth spurt! I will be thinning out the tomatoes this weekend and working on stringing together a trellis of twine for the plants to wrap themselves around and support the bounty of tomatoes in July and August!

My little seedlings will soon be reaching for support

My little seedlings will soon be reaching for support

Almost time for a second thinning of the seedlings

Almost time for a second thinning of the seedlings

Almost time for string trellis

Almost time for string trellis

My second Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom of the season tolerated the heat just dandy; however, it was the winds which followed the heat which proved to be too much for her. I went out to water the patio this morning and found that the wind gusts must have snapped her stalk!

All I can say is: Grrrrr!! Foiled Again!! Oh well; even though she only lasted about a week after flowering, it was great having such a beauty to look at while I fiddled with the patio.

My second Amaryllis flower

My second Amaryllis flower

Dueling Amaryllis

Dueling Amaryllis

Wind damage; an early end for Miss Amaryllis

OUCH!!  Wind damage; an early end for Miss Amaryllis

The Pacific Giant Blue Primrose have set out a flurry of their delicate blue/yellow flowers. There is apparently no weather which the primrose do not love and thrive in!

Pacific Giant Blue Primrose

Pacific Giant Blue Primrose

Elsewhere out on the patio; my little wandering fuchsia continues her steady crawl toward the edge of the patio table. I wonder if she knows where she is heading? I guess she will figure it out; of course, I will be there to lend a hand if need be.

My creeping fuschia

My creeping fuchsia continue to explore

My dainty little purple daisies continue to creep over the edge of the patio’s big round planter; having more than quadrupled in number over the past two-weeks. I wonder if they will follow the Snowflake’s (Bacopa) lead and self-seed themselves into a nearby planter? I suppose that time will tell…

Solitary Daisy Enjoys the Morning Haze

Solitary Daisy Enjoys the Morning Haze

Daisies continue to pour from the Calla Lily/Snowflake planter

Daisies continue to pour from the Calla Lily/Snowflake planter

Outside of the Garden; I made a somewhat radical change/upgrade to my beloved bicycle; Il Toro~Blu. I had the opportunity to pick up a new frameset for her; so yesterday I spent a few hours swapping out the heavy hi-tensile steel frame and forks for the new lightweight 55cm Specialized Langster aluminum frame and carbon fiber fork. The switch shed 8-lbs from the bike; leaving the new setup a rather svelte and lean 17.5 lbs.

Il Toro~Blu - then

Il Toro~Blu; then…

Il Toro~Nu

Il Toro~Nu; now…

I took her out for a 15-mile shakedown run this afternoon and I gotta say; climbing hills on the lighter frame was much, much easier than I remember the same hills being hauling the steel frame up them. Is there a real difference or just a psychosomatic response? I don’t know; however, the new set up definitely feels more nimble. All that is left to do is get the color scheme in order – the blend right now of blues, silvers, and blacks with slight touches of red is just a wee too busy for me. I suppose I could just paint the bike’s new frame and call it a day; or I could slowly replace parts over the coming months which follow a Silver & Black scheme and move the old blue themed parts back to the old frame as I go, which would be good as it means ending up with two bikes! Until then, Il Toro~Blu’s frameset will be a wall hanger – awaiting her rebirth.

Il Toro~Blu awaits rebirth

Il Toro~Blu awaits rebirth

Finally today; Mr. Hydrangea and his cohorts appear to be feeling a bit pinkish this season. I was hoping for blue/purple; however, pink is just fine as well.

Budding Hydrangea

Budding Hydrangea

Until Next Time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!!

~ Noah

 

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As April closes itself out; the day is gray with spots of rain and drizzle, a good day to survey the garden, tend to all the little garden chores which need to be done, and to plant some to‘maters out on the patio! As I look at the garden now; I see many promising signs that the coming month(s) will likely see bursts of vibrant color from one side of the patio to the other.

It is going to be a nice summer in the Gardens at Casa de Froio!

Ready for May?

Ready for May, left-side?

Yes; I think we are!

Yep; I think we are, right-side!

In the big round planter which includes the forever wandering Snowstorm Giant Snowflake (Bacopa Sutera cordata); Miss Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) continues to fill the middle section with large clumps of her broad, arrow shaped, dark green leaves. She has not produced any flowers since I planted her two-years ago; yet, I remain hopeful that this year I have her watering and nitrogen level needs correct and that Mother Nature will be cooperative to the sunshine needs of fickle Miss Lily! As with most things in the garden; only the passage of time will tell that tale.

Miss Lily, lovely to see you again

Miss Lily, lovely to see you again.

Verticality; Achieved!

Verticality; Achieved!

Also in the big round planter with the Calla Lily and Giant Snowflake; my tiny purple Cut-Leaf Daisies (Brachyscome multifida) are spreading out further and further. I am sure that they are jealous of the amount of territory the Snowflakes have occupied and are looking for their share. One price of a long winter dormancy period is the inevitable loss of ground to those who persist year-round.

A cascade of daisies look for new territory

A cascade of daisies look for new territory

Daisy; Daisy; Daisy

Daisy; Daisy; Daisy

Over in the Big Yellow Planter box; an Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom (Hippeastrum Amaryllidaceae cultivar) stands ready to open her flowers and greet the world. This will be the second flowering for this particular bulb since I received them about two and a half years ago. The first flowering was amazing; I had never seen Amaryllis flowers, or at least I never noticed them; however, the giant beauty captivated me and now they are probably the flowers which I most look forward to each season.

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom; second bloom of the season!

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom; second bloom of the season!

One Amaryllis flower gets her lean on!!

One Amaryllis flower gets her lean on!!

Slowly she turns; step by step...

Slowly she turns; step by step…

Next to the Amaryllis in the crowded and soon to be uber-colorful Big Yellow Planter box are the Big Leaf Hydrangea v. Cityline ‘Venice’ (Hydrangea macrophylla). This hardy variety of Hydrangea have grown and grown and grown since waking from their winter dormancy. I would estimate that the large grouping has more than doubled in size from where it was last season; sitting atop each of the grouping leaf-masses are the start of what will be their glorious blue/purple flower globes. I can’t wait!!

Almost.....

Almost…..

The remarkably prolific Polyanthus Primrose v. Pacific Giant Blue and Supernova Purple Bicolor (Primula x. polyantha cultivars) continue to provide the most amazing and vivid blue/yellow and pastel purple/yellow flowers; adding an often much-needed color splash when the rest of the garden’s flowers have spent themselves. For I believe under $5.00 for a six-pack of instant color at the local nursery; the Primrose plants have exceeded my expectations and continue to impress me. For two-years now; regardless of what the weather conditions have been: be it super hot, frigid cold, howling winds, or any combination thereof, the Primrose care not and have continuously pushed flowers out year after year.

Ms. Pink and her dazzling sister smile toward the sun

Supernova Purple Bicolor

A new primrose joins the party!

A new primrose joins the party!

Giant Blue

Pacific Giant Blue

Absolutely stunning color depth on the Pacific Blue

Absolutely stunning color depth on the Pacific Blue

Finally today; as I mentioned last week, today was moving day for my Arkansas Traveler Heirloom Tomato seedlings. This 100-year old heirloom tomato variety produces an indeterminate, regular-leaf, 6-foot tall plant, which should yield more than enough 8-oz. round rose-pink tomatoes to keep me in fresh tomatoes from July through end of August.

The tomatoes new home; they should get plenty of sun here!

The tomatoes new home; they should get plenty of sun here!

The seedling Arkansas Traveler tomatoes new home

All snug in their new home; grow well babies!

From what I have read; the Arkansas Traveler tomatoes are considered to be one of the best tasting tomato varieties, with a well-balanced sweet/tart flavor and are tough enough to cope with most adverse conditions; such as high heat, humidity, or drought – important here in California – they are also resistant to cracking and disease, another bonus!

Grow Little Fellow, Grow!!

Grow Little Fellow, Grow!!

Thinking happy thoughts for my tomatoes; I will do my best to make sure you all grow up to strong and healthy, enjoy your new home my little seedlings!

Planter #1

Planter #1

Planter #2

Planter #2

Until next time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!

~ Noah

 

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My Arkansas Traveler heirloom tomato seedlings have been growing nicely and should be ready to make the transplant venture out to the patio next weekend! My luck with growing tomatoes here has been bad at best; only successfully growing two small Isis cherry tomatoes last year, this year I have planned well ahead and hope to have a great crop of garden fresh tommy’s throughout the growing season.

Arkansas Traveler Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

Arkansas Traveler Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

I have two planters ready to accept the seedlings; I moved everything around so they would be in the sunniest spot on the patio; and rigged together a bamboo tripod for the little seedlings to grow into without spending any money on single purposes cages.

Tray #1

Tray #1

Tray #2

The package of seeds came into my possession last November; as part of a birthday gift (a book on apartment gardening), and were stored in my refrigerator’s vegetable box for six-months until I started my seed trays on April 4th. I have long heard about storing seeds in the refrigerator; however, I had never tried it as I didn’t want something to go wrong and lose my seeds. Thankfully; I was watching an episode of the Victory Garden around the time I received the package, Michael Weishan had a segment on obtaining and storing seeds from your home garden; including tomato seeds, in which they mentioned that the fridge was a good place to store your seeds until the right planting season. If there is any garden advice I feel that you can trust, it is that of the Victory Garden and I am happy to report that the tip was spot on as each and every seed germinated and is growing quite well!

My seedlings all showing true tomato leaves; a good sign for transplanting!

I also have another Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom bulb which is just about to open its flower. This one is growing outside in the big yellow planter box and is the same bulb which provided my first Amaryllis flower back in 2012. This years flower appears to be significantly smaller in size than the 2012 bloom; however, I am willing to bet the flower will be just as big in the beauty department!

It's a Forest in Here!!

It’s a Forest in Here!!

A New Amaryllis

A New Amaryllis

Amaryllis' flowers pushing through!

Amaryllis’ flowers pushing through!

Elsewhere out on the patio; the Ornamental Ginger and the Hydrangea plants continue to dominate the big yellow planter in the southeast corner of my patio.

It sure is getting crowded in the big yellow planter box though!! With the Ornamental Ginger; Hydrangea; and the Creeping Rosemary pushing out at all corners; which is EXACTLY what I wanted for the view from my bedroom window! I can’t wait until the hydrangea are in full bloom and if I can ever coax a flower out of the ginger, the view should be spectacular!

The patio's southeast corner is filling out nicely!

The patio’s southeast corner is filling out nicely!

Though; it is definitely starting to look like both the hydrangea and ginger will need to be divided and replanted next year. I don’t want to risk impacting the Amaryllis bulbs ability to get sun or having the roots of both affecting the rosemary, ornamental strawberry (fragaria x. lipstick), and my happy little plant with the lovely little blue flowers!

The Ornamental Ginger plants continue to reach for the fence tops!

The Ornamental Ginger plants continue to reach for the fence tops!

Big Boy Avocado has really thrived since moving out onto the patio. The tree is now just over 4-years old and stands at 5′ – 6″ – which is nearly as tall as me! Not at all bad for a freebie which I grew from the seed pit of an organic avocado I picked up at Trader Joe’s!

Big Boy Avocado!

Big Boy Avocado!

Finally today; a trip indoors for a visit with the houseplants! The Dracena and Schefflera are battling each other to see who outgrows the house first! What exactly does one do when this happens?? I can cut the Schefflera down; however, the Dracena is all top growth and I don’t see where it could be pruned without destroying the plant?

The Dracena continue to head for the ceiling!

The Dracena continue to head for the ceiling!

The Schefflera is not far behind my Dracena!

The Schefflera is not far behind my Dracena!

Until Next Time….

 

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!

 

~ Noah

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Welcome back to the Gardens at Casa de Froio, Ms. Amaryllis. It is very nice seeing you and your lovely twin sister again this season!

Ms. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum); You Sexy Thing, You!!

Ms. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum); You Sexy Thing, You!!

This beauty is one of three Amaryllis bulbs given to me by my ex-wife in 2011; and is just the second flower I have been able to coax from the ground. The first of the bulbs to flower was the bulb I planted in the big yellow planter on the patio and that was way back 2012! Not a bad thing really; not knowing whether or not the bulb will produce a flower is definitely part of the anticipation I have built around the Amaryllis in my garden.

Ms. A's shy little sister opens for a peak at her environment

Ms. A’s shy little sister opens for a peak at her environment

This variety of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) v. Apple Blossom, blossoms into two large flowers (as opposed to her smaller cousins such as the Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) v. Minerva which have four flowers atop each) which sit gracefully atop a 22″ flower stalk; for my plant. The larger of the two flowers is a full 7″ wide x 7″ high x 3.5″ deep; she has no trouble making an instant focal point in my apartment and absolutely captivates me!

Twenty-two inches above her starting point; Ms. A presents herself

Ms. A meets her new neighbor; Miss Anthurium

The Amaryllis sisters visit old friends outside on the patio to soak in the sun

The Amaryllis sisters visit friends outside on the patio and soak in the warm sun

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom, enjoying the warm sunshine

Amaryllis v. Apple Blossom, enjoying the warm sunshine

If you have been following along with the goings on here at the Gardens of Casa de Froio; you probably know that I have a tendency to move plants around the patio on a whim. Well; the move that here; move that there; and then this here; and that there, whim kept me busy over the last couple of days!

The northeast corner of my patio garden before the plant migration:

Pennisetum and Aloe Vera

Before the repositioning party began

I repositioned the Avocado tree to the spot that the Aloe Vera plant formerly lived; then moved the Pennisetum over to the Avocado’s old place – the ornamental grass has outgrown its former spot as the blades were definitely infringing upon the seating area and that just won’t do. Next I pushed the Aloe Vera in front of the Avocado; and then gathered the miscellaneous plants; those that were randomly planted, volunteers, or just didn’t fit anywhere else, and moved them in front of the plant stand between the Avocado and Pennisetum. The arrangement now from left to right include:

  • Amaryllis with no sign of flower
  • Ornamental Ginger
  • Empty planter for tomatoes seedlings
  • Primrose (tucked in behind the Pomegranate)
  • Bonsai Pomegranate (which has been un-bonsai’ed!)
  • Volunteer Water (Black) Birch

I am definitely pleased with the outcome. By using the mixed plants foliage as a blocker for the vast empty spaces which existed before, this side of garden now looks fuller, more cohesive, and finished.

The northeast corner of my patio garden following the plant migration:

Big Boy Avocado and the Pennesetum swap spots

Following the repositioning party!

Outside of the Garden; being able to get back on my bicycle has been GREAT! I am averaging between 75-miles to 125-miles a week; which helps me close in on my 2014 mileage goal of 4,500-miles. With the first few months of 2014 spent rehabilitating the ankle following almost 4-months out of the saddle, my mileage average per day has been drastically reduced so I am unlikely to actually get there; however, the number is still possible and it is always good to have a goal to keep me pushing forward. The ankle occasionally acts up every once in a while; but for the most part, the surrounding muscle and damaged tissue keep getting stronger with each mile I put on the road.

Il Toro~Blu; Ready to Roll

Il Toro~Blu; Ready to Roll

Did a nice 15-mile ride following an interview with a company in San Leandro, CA. The route I took home hugs the San Leandro and Oakland Bay waters and is full of great views, migratory birds, and fairly easy flat-land pedaling. However, not long into the ride, I came across something completely unexpected for where I was.

SanLeandro_2_Oakland

The route: San Leandro, CA to Oakland, CA

I decided to make a quick pit stop at San Leandro Bay to fuel my body with a tasty Clif S’Mores 20g Builder’s Bar and some water before continuing the battle with a head wind that seemed to only get stronger with each passing rotation of the cranks! Snack time done; I started to walk my bike back toward the road when I looked across the black top and was surprised to discover a grinning fighter jet staring directly back at me!!

Grumman NF-14A Tomcat

Grumman NF-14A Tomcat

Grumman NF-14A Tomcat is not something I would generally expect to see parked next to a main thoroughfare; however, in Oakland you just never really know what you’re going to find next. Behind the F-14 was this Grumman KA-6D Intruder. I would have never expected to find such military hardware basically just sitting behind a rather unkempt chain link fence in the swamps of Oakland – now I know.

Grumman KA-6D Intruder

Grumman KA-6D Intruder

About the Planes: 

Grumman NF-14A Tomcat – 160666

  • The Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, fighter aircraft.  With its Phoenix, Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles and 20MM Vulcan Gatling gun, the    F-14 Tomcat was without equal during its service and remains one of the most potent military aircraft of all time.

Grumman KA-6D Intruder – 152910/NL-520

  • The A-6 was developed to meet the US Navy’s need for an aircraft that could attack ground and sea based targets in any weather, day and night. The museum is proud to display 910 in her original colors VA-95 when she served in Vietnam in 1973 under the command of Lt. Cohen.

These two and many more are on display at the Oakland Aviation Museum. If you ever get to the area and have an interest in aviation, this would be a fun and probably education day trip to take! I definitely have them on my radar now and would love to check out the WWII planes they also have when time and finances permit.

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Well friends; that is about all that is happening from this end, I hope that your adventures are many and wonderful and your gardens bountiful!

Ms. Amaryllis and her shy Sister wish you a happy weekend!

Ms. Amaryllis and her shy Sister wish you a happy weekend!

Until next time –

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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The title pretty much sums up my gardening mantra as of late! A couple of days of torrential downpours; then a couple of days of sunny and warm weather; only to retreat back under grey skies heavy with much-needed rainfall in our drought threatened State.

The garden; as always, takes the changes in stride.

The gardener; is learning to get used to it.

The Calla Lily have finally pushed through Snowflakes foliage

The Calla Lily have finally pushed through Snowflakes foliage

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Two of my three Amaryllis bulbs; v. (Hippeastrum) ‘Apple Blossom’, have decided that the patio’s climate has reached  the ‘just right‘ conditions they were looking for and are now making a break for the sunshine in the form of blossom stalks shooting skyward! The last time they blossomed; back in May 2012, the flowers were absolutely the biggest, most beautiful, pair of conjoined beauties that I have personally ever grown. Needless to say; with the bulbs emerging blossom stalks, I am really looking forward to watching them unfurl themselves and take their place on my patio’s center stage.

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) 'Apple Blossom' rises

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) ‘Apple Blossom’ bloom stalk rises

The Amaryllis is so far my only sojourn into the wild, wild world of flowering bulbs of any type and I gotta say; if you are going to join the bulb-crowd, the Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) hybrid is a dandy to start with. The 2012 blooms; easily in excess of 20cm in diameter, taught me a rather tragic lesson about this specimen – its Achilles’s heel – a weak stalk (notice the scape is already about to fail in this shot) which collapsed under the flowers weight far too early in their flower bloom. This year I will be ready; this year I will be staking the flowers with bamboo supports early to provide the extra strength needed to ensure that the flowers last longer than the last.

Amaryllis #2 sends a bloom scape forth

Amaryllis #2 – Also sends her bloom scape forth toward the sun

I remember how dazzling the last flowers were; with their soft pink and white petals sparkling under the filtered sunlight of the patio. How their beautiful fragrance bathed the patio with Spring incarnate.

Soon; my little friends, soon!!

Rise, Amaryllis, Rise!!

Rise, Amaryllis, Rise!!

Elsewhere in the garden; the ever interesting Euphorbia v. helioscopia continue with their reproduction dance unabated. I have enjoyed watching them produce their signature spheres of tiny flowers, seeds, and fruit, subtly whiling away the days subtly transforming their packets and hopefully laying seeds for future generations to come.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia v. helioscopia – tiny flowers hide tinier seeds

Euphoric Euphorbia

Euphoric Euphorbia – Dance little ones; dance!

More tiny Rock Daisies (Brachyscome multifida) have begun to set more and more flowers within the planter they share with the Giant Snowflake. The little daisies signature purple/periwinkle blue flowers add a very welcome contrast to the sea of white Snowflake (Sutera cordata, Bacopa) flowers flowing endlessly from their planter, across the 3-tier plant stand, and down onto the patio floor. Small in stature; the Rock Daisies flowers are no bigger than 1-cm to 2-cm in diameter; however, they definitely make a big impact nestled amongst the plethora of white snowflake flowers. I was thrilled that these little beauties decided to start setting flowers; they were a much missed old friend in my garden.

Rock Daisy;  Brachyscome multifida

Rock Daisy; Brachyscome multifida, enjoys a morning watering

A flash of purple and yellow beams from the field of deep green

A flash of purple and yellow beams from the field of deep green

Having been relocated indoors (As Mr. Squirrel definitely has strawberries on his menu); my strawberry plants (Fragaria “June-Bearing”) are doing great and have already started to set fruit! Looks like I will be enjoying fresh berries with my cereal in the coming weeks! These are the first plants that I have grown from runners that the ‘mother-plant‘ produced over the last year. The mother plant’s berry production had dwindled down to just a few mediocre berries; so it was either buy new plants or trying to raise the runners into adult plants. I had read a lot of very mixed reviews on whether one should keep or clip strawberry runners; most reviews leaned toward clipping them and buying new plants when production slowed. I guess I just have a natural tendency to go against the grain and decided that I would see what happens when runners are nurtured; would they become hearty plants and produce berries or would they be a waste of time and send me in search of new plants? I believe I now have my answer to that question!

Seven Strawberries in the Making! Mmmm!

Seven Strawberries in the Making! Mmmm!

My strawberry pot; possibly soon to runneth over?

My other strawberry planting; new flowers promise tasty berries!

The weather has been EPIC the last couple of weeks here in Oakland, CA. The weather in my Lake Merritt neighborhood has been sunny and warm; in stark contrast to the torrential rains which soaked the area to close out February. The sun has lured me out to the patio much more in recent weeks to tend to the garden’s fertilization, pruning, soil amending, and watering needs for the arrival of spring. Now; the patio is repaying my efforts as a place to just sit and enjoy the new flowers that appear each day.

A Happy Patio Garden Space

A Happy Patio Garden Space

Since the chore out on the patio are done, the sun is out, and the weather warm; I finished up with my last indoor planting, I decided to give tomatoes another try and set up two-six packs of Arkansas Travelers to sprout before I hit the road to put some miles in with a bike ride around town.

Tomato Arkansas Travelers - A Hillbilly Favorite

Tomato Arkansas Travelers – A Hillbilly Favorite

Finally today; I leave you with this parting shot from today’s bike ride; a panoramic view of Lake Merritt; with a throng of runners crossing the Lake Merritt Channel Bridge for today’s 2014 Oakland Marathon. Yep; I must say, I really like my neighborhood!

My neighborhood; it's good to be in Oakland!

Where I call home; Oakland, CA (Lake Merritt w/ Adam’s Point in the background)

Until next time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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…into Strawberries!! Yay!!

Berry-Licious Goodness

Berry-Licious Goodness in the Making!

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A strawberry flower emerges from the dense green foliage

I wasn’t actually expecting to get any strawberries out of these 3-year old plants; however, Mama Nature has decided that berries are going to be on the menu! This is totally okay in my book! Another year of playing out the waiting game with Mr. Squirrel begins anew!

Is it June yet?

Is it June yet?

My Primrose; especially the pink/yellow plants, continue to shower my little patio garden with brilliant color and textures. I have to say, these little plants have been by far, the best plant purchase to results, bang for my buck that I have in my collection. They make the Energizer Bunny look like a slacker!!

A Profusion of Pink and Yellow Primrose

A Profusion of Pink and Yellow Primrose

The Energizer Bunnies of the Garden; they just keep going and going...

The Energizer Bunnies of the Garden; they just keep going and going…

A Regal Stand of Blue/Yellow Primrose

A Regal Stand of Blue/Yellow Primrose

Princess Primrose is ready for her spotlight

Princess Primrose is ready for her spotlight

Elsewhere around the Garden’s at Casa de Froio

The Euphorbia v. helioscopia continue with their prolific production of their tiny flowers, seeds, and immature fruit; readying themselves for mass re-seeding I hope! I love the great textures of the euphoria plants throughout the year; and especially now when their flowers, seeds, and immature fruit are sent skywards. To me they are the most interesting looking reproduction vessels that I have going or seen since taking up gardening.

Euphorbia v. helioscopia

Euphorbia v. helioscopia

Their unique flower, seed, and immature fruit stalk rises out of the plants main summer foliage stalks; each growing until its size is matching that of their plants. A couple of mine have added a full 16-inches of growth to the parent plant; forming themselves into Star Wars / Space Invader looking globes carrying their tiny white flowers, seeds, and immature fruit protruding from a green shade which contain sinister looking red teeth like pincer’s at the center.

Euphorbia v. helioscopia flower / seed pods

Euphorbia v. helioscopia flowers, seeds, and immature fruit pods

Euphorbia v. helioscopia flower / seed pod mass

The Sun Spurge; Euphorbia v. helioscopia

I also finally got around to figuring out the actual name of the oft referred to ‘snowflakes’ which continually grace my patio; Snowstorm Giant Snowflake (by Proven Winners). The plants species is Sutera cordata (Bacopa ) v. ‘Danova-906‘, and are members of the family, Chaenostoma. While the species is generally considered to be an annual plant this variety adores gardens in zones 9 through 11. My patio garden, which is in zone 10a, seems particularly to her liking, she has outgrown all expectations and transformed herself into a perennial plants that continues to thrive year-after-year, producing hundreds and hundreds of her snow-white flowers, and spreading further and further out from the planter her roots enjoy – so far wiggling and winding her way well over 3-feet out along my patio’s main plant stand.

Sutera cordata, (Bacopa)

The Giant Snowflake; Sutera cordata, (Bacopa)

Growing, growing, growing!!

Growing, growing, growing!!

Snowflake Butterfly?

Snowflake Butterfly?

Finally; it appears that one of my (hopefully) Amaryllis is going to do her best to make an appearance this year. I can’t wait; the last bloom had been EPIC! If this one is anything like that one, I will be a happy gardener.

What will you be??

What will you be??

This was last year’s Amaryllis blossom; a beautiful pair (you can just see her sister peeking out from behind her) of GIANT flowers, which sadly proved to be too big for their shared stalk and she collapsed less than a week after her glorious opening. It would be spectacular if the rising bud/blossom in the picture above is even half as pretty as last year’s stunner!

Hello World!

I hope this one re-blooms this season!

That is about all there is to report from this corner of the Garden-verse, I hope that your gardens are green (or thawing, depending) and your soil rich!

Until next time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!

~ Noah

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