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Whether or not Leather Tuscadero would approve; I dare not comment. Either way, this week my patio garden made the decision that a study in pink was called for and promptly added such to the week’s blossoming agenda. The beautiful display came as somewhat of a surprise considering my lackluster at best garden maintenance lately thanks my current ankle ouchie. Thankfully; true to her form, Mother Nature appears to forgive my trespass and reached deep into her color bag to proclaim that my patio garden’s Summer Season Huzzah! shall commence forthwith, starting with a screaming pink cavalcade of flowers! Nope, I am definitely not complaining.

First up, let’s see what’s up outdoors: The standout display of vibrant pink happening outdoors comes from the resilient resident primrose. Closing out the Summer season with a lovely display which has easily surpassed the snapdragon’s reigning title as the main focal points of color. Of the primrose in bloom, there are none screaming; ‘look at me!’, with a louder voice than this beautiful grouping.

Hot Pink Primula

Hot Pink Primrose

Primrose Flower Tower Begins

Primrose Flower Tower Begins

Not the type to be left out of a good party, my contingent of resident dragons (snapdragon, that is) have sent forth their Ambassador of Color; and have officially joined this week’s pink bloom challenge with this group of garden candy.

Even the Snapdragon are in on the Pink theme

The Snapdragon Join the Pink Theme

Next, we head indoors: The focal point indoors is my window planter which contains two variety of primula and some cineraria v. multiflora. The star of the planter is definitely the primula v. Embrace Mix, which are in the middle of throwing out a truly beautiful display of their signature delicate flowers in two-tone pinks.

Primula: Shades of Pink

Primula: Shades of Pink

I just love how different the shades of the same color occur on the same stem. Especially evident with Miss Primula today. The top most flower is a deep matte pink smiling up to the mid-day sunshine, being flanked on all sides by a contingent of four pale pink companions beaming brightly into the indoor space.

Primula's Pals

Primulas Pink Pals

Onward and back outside: The onion harvest has taken place and while not a bumper crop by any means, I am pleased with the results! The one onion which sprouted prior to my using it for some culinary creation and ended up randomly planted out on the patio has magically transformed herself into three shallot sized, extremely aromatic, wholly organic onions! I am currently letting their outer skins dry out on the patio before I will bring them indoors and put them into the dinner rotation. If they taste half as good as they smell, planting a small batch of onions will definitely become a part of my annual gardening, stay tuned for how they turned out in a future blog post.

Pre-Harvest Peek

Pre-Harvest Peek

Not the biggest, yet very aromatic

Not the biggest, yet very aromatic

Elsewhere in the garden, a small-scale study in white has commenced between a faction of the snapdragon community and the snowflakes. The burst is definitely no match for the aforementioned pink flower extravaganza; however, to me they too are just as marvelous in their dignified simplicity.

All in all, a happy day in the garden was had today!

The White Dragons Intermingles Amongst the Snowflakes

The White Dragons Intermingled Amongst the Snowflakes

Snowflakes Fall toward the Patio Floor

Snowflakes Fall toward the Patio Floor

That is about all the news that is fit to print from this little corner of the gardening universe, so until next time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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Since breaking my ankle last month, I must say that gardening has been at best, a chore and at worst, an impossibility. Gardening for the past 5-weeks has really been limited to watering the plants every couple of days. My inability to properly maintain the patio garden has invariably resulted in new blooms being few and far between and an abundance of sad scraggly looking plants, which definitely do not scream to me; “Oh! This would make some great garden blog post fodder!”

A blue primrose peeks out from the shadows

A blue primrose peeks out from the shadows

However, every now and again, the garden tosses a bright point of beauty into the drab landscape. Natures gentle reminder that even though things may look bad right now, that good things often lurk just below the surface, you just have to look for them and they will appear. I like that my garden and I are on the same page! This is definitely the position that I have been taking on the ankle situation, sure, the ankle both looks and feels like crap; however, I know this is temporary and that  good things are really just around the corner.

A snapdragon seemed apropos for a snapped ankle post!

A snapdragon seemed apropos for a snapped ankle post!

I still have a little ways to go on the ankle front as the broken bone unfortunately did not set correctly. My doctor scheduled surgery to fix the problem for Monday, October 21, 2013. The doctors have advised that my ankle will eventually heal; however, it will likely never be back to 100% due to the severity of  the break. The operation; a left ankle open reduction and internal fixation, will be to remove the damaged bone and replace it with a metal plate, which should get the ankle for the most part back in working order. My doctor advised that it would be about 6-months before I can get back to near where I was before the accident. Which is not bad, I will miss the winter months on the bicycle and emerge in April with the last of rains to begin building the strength back to what it was! Yay!

Sunny Days

Sunny Days Ahead

The upside to the injury is that I have been able to enjoy the epic weather we have been having here in Oakland the last couple of weeks. Although I haven’t been able to do a lot of routine garden work, pruning, re-potting, and preparing the garden for coming winter, just getting out into the garden has been a blessing which has helped this temporarily shut-in gardener immensely!

Mrs. Jade Looking Good

Mrs. Jade Looking Good

Not too much has been changing in the garden; the onion plant is still going strong, my anthurium is sending up another flower, and a couple of other old garden friends also begin to send new foliage and flowers skyward.

Onion Flower

Onion Flower

Onions getting Bigger!

Onions getting Bigger!

Anthurium's New Flower

Anthurium’s New Flower

Wiggling Its Way Through the Stems

Wiggling Its Way Through the Stems

Primula making a comeback

Primula making a comeback

Hydrangea's interesting foliage

Hydrangea’s interesting foliage

Until next time …

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS

~Naoh

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Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December,

But the days grow short when you reach September,

When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame,

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.

– Frank Sinatra, 1965

Primula; Pretty in Pink

Primula; Pretty in Pink

September is upon us and it is time to start thinking about wintering the garden. Thankfully; here in Northern California, this doesn’t have nearly the sinister implications facing gardeners in the colder climates of the world. We don’t get any ground freezing and the temperatures are usually mild in comparison; our winters just mean lots and lots of rain, which for me is a good thing, less watering and happier soil!

Onion crop is coming along!

Onion crop is coming along!

Onion's flower is about to open!

Onion’s flower is about to open!

My test onion crop appears to be doing well, the first couple of flower heads have formed and look to be about ready to open. The onion bodies look to be large and well-formed and I am hopeful that I can turn my one sprouted onion into the start of a recurring onion bed.

First ripe strawberry

First ripe strawberry

I was also able to harvest and enjoy the first strawberries of my garden season. These were transplants from runners emanating from starters which I picked up at my local garden center 2-years ago. I wasn’t totally hopeful in getting any berries, but thought I would give them a go. The berries are not huge; yet, they are just as tasty as any other berry I have ever grown. Next year, I will definitely be picking new starter plants as this one is just not putting out berries nearly as proficiently as a healthy new starter plant does. That’s gardening though, experiment, see what works, see what does not, and plan accordingly next season.

Primrose

Primrose; dazzling in hot pink!!

More Primrose!!

More Primrose!!

Dahlia v. Mystic Haze

Dahlia v. Mystic Haze

August was wonderful for flowers; including another rebound of my Primrose plants, speckling the patio with brilliant glints of color here and there. My first foray into the world of Dahlia’s, with the variety Mystic Haze, couldn’t have gone better! She continues to put out a profuse showing of her beautiful scarlet red and yellow flowers to the delight of the local bees and hummingbirds!

Peace Lily continues to keep herself wrapped tight!

Peace Lily continues to keep herself wrapped tight!

Ms. Anthurium also likes the rolled-up look!

Ms. Anthurium also likes the rolled-up look!

Even in late Summer, Early Winter; some plants in my collection continue to produce amazing new flowers and bracts! My Peace Lily; which lives outside on the patio has finally thrown up two new flowers, both of which are still tightly rolled, possibly still trying to keep warm! My indoor Anthurium must have seen the Peace Lily and didn’t want to miss out on the game has also shot up a new bract, just as tightly rolled up as the Lily. It will be a race to see who opens first!

I will leave you today with my garden companion; who appears to be getting bigger and bigger: Miss Kate E. Did

Miss Kate E. Did

Miss Kate E. Did

Until next time….

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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…A Beautiful Day for New Growth, Oh, Won’t It Be Nice? Won’t It Be Nice? Won’t You Keep Growing, New Flowers!!!

Peace Lily flower about to unfurl

Peace Lily flower about to unfurl

As the homage to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood suggests; my patio garden is exploding in new flower growth. My little strawberry plants are finally setting their first fruits and my experimental onion has set her first flower.

Amazon Sunset; Parrot's Beak

Amazon Sunset; Parrot’s Beak

Anthurium's New Bract

Anthurium’s New Bract

Mr. Onion's first flower

Mr. Onion’s first flower

First Strawberry!!

First Strawberry!!

Of course, it is not all new growth which keeps my garden being the place I retreat to and enjoy a nice rest after a long bike ride. Many of my garden’s long-time favorites are also keeping busy trying to keep up with the upstart flower buds! My little daisies are putting on a magnificent show and continue to add a wonderful contrast to the stark whiteness of the snowflake’s delicate flowers. My newest addition; Dahlia v. Mystic Haze, continues to flower profusely, showering my yard in her deep crimson blossoms and attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

My Dainty Daisy’s

Daisy's Part II

Daisy’s Part II

Miss Dahlia's Newest Flower

Miss Dahlia’s Newest Flower

Finally today; I leave you with a short tale, as told by Miss. Snapdragon and her Sister, and a cute garden critter caught making his daily visit to the garden!

Orange and Yellow Dragons!

Orange and Yellow Dragons!

Compete with Pink Dragons!

Compete with Pink Dragons for Attention!

While Hoping to Avoid Mr. Squirrel's Digging Attention!

All the While Hoping to Avoid Mr. Squirrel’s Digging Attention!

Until next time…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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