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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.


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 –


~ Noah


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As I mentioned in my last post; a number of my garden’s plants had long outgrown their pots or for one of them, a volunteer who definitely decided to take up residence in exactly the wrong place for what I think it will eventually become.

Today’s post is their story…

No names have been changed to protect the innocent.

The rescue fuchsia's new home

The rescue fuchsia’s new home

The little fuchsia that could; this little baby is from a plant growing along a sidewalk in my neighborhood which I took a cutting from about a year ago. She has had a difficult time adjusting, with some really nice spurts of growth, flowering, and overall beauty; however, she has also had more than her fair share of bouts of near death. I am hoping that this new planter will suit her and allow her to get her roots settled and allow her to strengthen her main stalk. She looks happy right now though!

The bonsai pomegranate lost his blue bowl

The bonsai pomegranate lost his blue bowl

The fuchsia’s gain was made possible by the kind donation of my ‘bonsai’ pomegranate plant’s former home. I had planned on moving the pomegranate to a larger pot as I really am not a fan of bonsai – I think each plant should be allowed to just grow as it seems fit, with my intervention only to help them becoming what nature makes them. The pomegranate now resides in a much larger home, no longer restrained against becoming the big-boy his genetics wish him to become!

Miss Ginger and her sisters get an upgrade too!

Miss Ginger and her sisters get an upgrade too!

This little grouping of flowering ginger plants that a former colleague gave me just didn’t fit into the big yellow planter  when I originally received them. In the year + since adopting them they have sadly been constrained to the tiniest of pots, I could just tell that they were horribly unhappy, jealous of the rest of their families lavish planter, and just root-bound like no one’s business! Well, they are confined to a tiny planter no more; Miss Ginger and her Sisters have moved to their new home, where they now have more room to spread their roots and wiggle their toes in the fresh soil.

Then there is this guy?

Then there is this guy? Who are you, Mister?

Anyone recognize what type of tree this is?

Does anyone recognize what type of tree this is?

Then there is this fellow; A volunteer or more likely a seed/nut stashed by Mr. Squirrel; forgotten and left unclaimed for his winter-stores, which enjoyed the planter and regular watering and prompted some rapid growth. Within two to three-months, this little fellow shot up to a full 36″ above the planter! When I dug him out yesterday, his roots were absolutely HUGE!! The pot I moved him into is definitely not going to be a long-term solution; however, from the size of those roots, I am really glad that I decided to pull him from the Primrose’s planter. I could imagine the roots reaching closer and closer to strangling my poor primrose from clear across the 30″ wide planter! Yikes! It is better that he plays by himself for now.

Strawberries; moved indoors for their protection.

Strawberries; moved indoors for their protection.

My patio garden also includes a few plants that I can enjoy in the kitchen. The edibles are also some of my heartier plants; including my June bearing strawberries, now going on their third season of berry production. Yet another plant in the patio’s collection which has decided to not play by the general annual plant vs. perennial plant rules.

The now, 4-year old Rosemary and Thyme plants, are heavily used!

Rosemary and Thyme plants, definitely see heavy use around here!

Another well-loved, heavily used edible, are my now four-year old rosemary and Italian thyme plants. These two friends have been  living together since I picked them up at my local nursery and have consistently produced more than enough of their aromatic goodness for countless dishes that have emerged from my kitchen. One of my favorite uses for them is adding them to the dry mix for my tomato and herb foccaccia bread! Yummy!

Finally today, this guy!

Finally today, this guy wishes you all a GREAT day!

Until next week!


~ Noah

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