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Today was “chore day”; which includes cleaning the apartment, getting the laundry done, and shopping for provisions to ensure that I have lunches for the work week which lies ahead. I can’t express how nice it is to be back to work after such a long job search period; and so far, I am really enjoying the new job. I have some excellent colleagues and as with any new job; there is a lot to learn about the company and how my role fits into the big picture, which is definitely keeping me busy!

Oakland City Hall; with my office in the background (505)

Oakland City Hall; my new office is in the bldg. to the left (505 – 14th St.)

Yesterday; I ventured up to Vallejo, CA, to give my ex-wife a hand in cutting / removing a large tree limb which apparently snapped with last weeks high winds and landed unceremoniously between the tree and her roof.

Snap!

Snap!

The damaged limb; which was about 15″ – 18″ in diameter, was dangling precariously above her backyard when I arrived. However; despite the limbs immense weight, I noticed that she was fortunate that the tree from which it broke ended up catching the limb and stopping it from landing on her roof or going through a back window. After getting most of the small branches cut away; I was able to get a closer look at the situation and was relieved to see that there basically no damage to her roof whatsoever – bullet dodged!!

Crackle!

Crackle!

I was able to get all of the broken limb down from the roof and out of tree by mid-afternoon; leaving my ex-wife’s roof safe and her with either some firewood or a bunch of branches which she can slowly dispose of over the next couple of weeks. I also made sure that her roof gutters were cleared and that the roof was in overall good shape; which it was. Thankfully; when we bought the house in 2000, the sellers had just installed a 20-year composite roof and it appears that it will definitely be good for at least another 6-years, if not more.

And, Pop!

And, Pop!

Back in my garden; new flowers are poking out of every nook and cranny of the patio, including my Calla Lily, which have set about four of her signature white flowers. Unfortunately, the Lily’s stems seem to be somewhat weak and can barely hold the weight the flower without toppling over. Grrrr!!

The Calla Lily finally decided to set her flowers!

The Calla Lily finally decided to set her flowers!

Silhouette of Calla

Silhouette of Calla

Elsewhere around the garden: The hydrangea blossoms continue to fill out nicely; looks like this year I will have pink and blue/purple hydrangea flowers! Yay!!

Dueling Pink Hydrangea Blossoms

Dueling pink hydrangea blossoms

A beautiful blue/purple blossom joins the party

A beautiful blue/purple blossom joins the party

The Arkansas Traveler tomato plants continue to grow taller and taller every day. My DIY twine trellis seem to be doing the trick in corralling the tomatoes – – thank you, Victory Garden!!

Arkansas Traveler's Reaching for the Sunshine

Arkansas Traveler’s Reaching for the Sunshine

Tomatoes; tomatoes, tomatoes

Tomatoes; tomatoes, tomatoes

I also did my usual rearranging of a couple of planters / pots which were either getting too much or not enough of the over abundant sunshine of the last week.

Sunny Northeast Corner

Sunny Northeast Corner

My little purple rock daisies are multiplying and have picked up as the Bacopa (Snowstorm Giant Snowflake) continue to wane with the rise in temperature.

The Dainty Daisy take center stage

The Dainty Daisy take center stage

One Daisy; Two Daisy; Three Daisy; More!!

One Daisy; Two Daisy; Three Daisy; More!!

I will leave you today with a shot of one of Oakland’s namesake Oak trees; this one is located in front of Oakland’s City Hall, in Frank Ogawa Plaza. I pass this marvelous tree everyday on my walk to and from the office; and just noticed that this is likely the same tree which appears on the flag of the City of Oakland.

Oakland's Iconic Oak Tree

Oakland’s Iconic Oak Tree, City Center / Frank Ogawa Plaza

City of Oakland

City of Oakland

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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Looks like my patio garden didn’t quite feel like waiting until March 20th to get on with the annual Spring bloom. Our somewhat erratic weather patterns from late-February to present; with two to three-weeks of decent rains followed closely by a near heat wave this last week, has set off the signal for my patio’s plants to get to flowering.

Daisy; but not a Duke

The first of my tiny purple daisies opened this week!

The usually outstanding pink Primrose have been; by a long mile, out shined by her blue cousins this week with this dazzler of flower.

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

Of course; the Pink Primrose didn’t want to totally lose the spotlight and produced this attractive bouquet.

Primrose; showing off

Primrose; showing off

I also took advantage of this week’s great weather to again re-organize some of the plants out on the patio; add new soil to a few older plants; fertilize everyone for the spring; and give the patio surface a good sweeping.

The front of the patio; just outside the sliding glass door

The front of the patio; just outside the sliding glass door

The back of the patio; just outside my bedroom window

The back of the patio; just outside my bedroom window

Pennisetum and Aloe Vera

Pennisetum and Aloe Vera

I have a couple of plants to re-pot as they have either outgrown their current pot or they are just in the wrong planter and need to be relocated.

Not sure what this volunteer is; Mr. Squirrel missed a nut...

Not sure what this volunteer is; Mr. Squirrel missed a nut…

The other garden plant up for re-potting is a flowering ginger which will not even pop out of its current container due to a mass of roots which have formed a root sheet from the drainage holes in its current container.

Poor root bound ginger

My poor root bound ginger

Other than the usual job searching and finding random tasks through TaskRabbit.com, garden chores and getting out and enjoying the weather on my bicycle have been keep my mind pointing forward. I am trying not to dwell too much on the worsening job market and my sad financial picture as I am doing everything I can do reverse course – – – – it will all work out, right?

It is almost June, yes?

It is almost June, yes?

More next week; hopefully not about a location change, but it is getting possible. How does one move a 3-year old patio garden anyway?

Until then…

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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Flowers, flowers, everywhere!

Today; I celebrate the goodness that comes from weeks of rain! Enjoy!

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And over there; not flowers per se; however, loveliness which the weeks of rains have bestowed.

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HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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…Who’ll stop the rain?

At least someone likes the rain!

At least someone likes the rain!

Another week of rainy weather has left my garden green and very happy! However, this gardener would be quite happy to see the rains pass as I have not been able to do much other than watch the rain, which in itself is not a terrible thing but, I really wanted to get out on the bike this weekend and get some miles under me. Oh well, maybe next weekend.

Miss Poinsettia soaks in the goodness!

Miss Poinsettia soaks in the goodness!

‘Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun.
And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the rain.’

– John Fogerty; CCR, 1970

The houseplants all got to take a nice trip outside and enjoy a day/night of nature’s watering and they all are much happier and much more perky for their outdoor adventure.

Schefflera and Dracena enjoying the rain

Schefflera and Dracena enjoying the rain

The mini-Dracena are also enjoying the downpour!

The mini-Dracena are also enjoying the downpour!

I was listening to a local news broadcast today and was somewhat surprised to learn that even with over a week of near-constant rainfall; triggering mudslides, flooding, and sending rescue crews statewide scrambling to rescue people from swollen rivers and aqueducts, the State of California’s drought worries are far from over. It made me wonder just how much rain it would take to get California back to ‘normal‘ water levels?

The Government’s answer was clear in an article by Sharon Bernstein, featured on Reuters.com:

‘Rain soaks California causing floods, but won’t end drought’ | May 1, 2014

“Despite these recent storms, it would still have to rain every other day until around May to reach average precipitation totals, and even then we would still be in a drought due to the last two dry years,” stated Richard Stapler, spokesman for the California Natural Resources Agency.

Out State Water Agencies were quoted in an article by Ari Phillips, found on Think Progress.org:

Massive storm pummels California, but does little to alleviate its drought crisis | March 1, 2014

According to Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies; “If the drought created an empty gallon jug for us, this storm created a cup and half of water, we would need 20 of those.”

With images like the one below now being the norm for California’s watersheds; reservoirs; and tributaries, drought is a reality that we in California will have to live with until rainfall levels can bring us back to pre-2012 levels.

Almaden Reservoir, 1.28.14, San Jose, CA. Image Credit: Justin Sullivan

Almaden Reservoir, 1.28.14, San Jose, CA | photo by; Justin Sullivan (Mashable.com)

Anyone know a good rain-dance?

Let it Rain

Let it Rain!!

Until next time….

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!

~ Noah

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With the amount of rain that we are getting pummeled with here in Northern California (3-storms, back-to-back), I am getting a feeling that an ‘Ark’ may just be in order sooner than later, and you can’t go building an ark without gopher wood, now can you? I will figure out what exactly a cubit equals later; unfortunately, my iPod app I use for the conversion of weights and measures is noticeably lacking the cubit as a convertible unit of measure. Damn your short sightedness Mr. Jobs!!

My patio, just slightly under water!

My patio, just slightly under water!

Thankfully my patio has fairly decent drainage; however, there is generally some manual user input required to ensure that this drainage actually works as designed. Namely, lots of sweeping of the excess standing water and the removal of the accumulation of bamboo leaves which quickly form a water proof barrier to the aforementioned drain.

Yep, another rearrangement of plants/planters

Yep, another rearrangement of plants/planters

Anyway; the garden is absolutely loving the rain, and the removal of the excess water of this morning was a fairly straight-forward and simple operation all things considered. Sadly; as you might expect, today is not wholly conducive to photography (other than the watery wonderland I awoke to this morning) so I will fill in the gaps with some pictures from the last week, including an update on a couple of my desk plants in my office which are both blooming in different ways.

Those office plants would be my Anthurium and my Coleus v. Kong Mix. Mr. Anthurium is currently in the midst of its relatively interesting flowering state and is sending up three new flowers. The flowers themselves are actually relatively small and develop into a spike on a fleshy axis, known as the ‘Spadix‘, which also includes a spathe – but all of these together and you get the cute red part, which collectively is known as an inflorescence.

Anthurium sending up new flowers (spadix)

Anthurium sending up new flowers (inflorescence)

My other office desk plant which decided that now would also be the perfect time to begin setting flowers is my Coleus, v. Kong Mix, which like the anthurium, the flowers are tiny and form into an inflorescence. Ain’t Science Grand?!?!

Coleus sending up its flower stalks as well

Coleus sending up its flower stalks as well

As mentioned previously, I was able to get a couple of shots of the patio over the week, and I would like to share these two with you.The first is my Aloe Vera plant, which I re-potted over the week when I harvested my Yukon Gold potatoes (they were growing along with the Peace Lily in the planter which the Aloe now lives!). This aloe was in dire need of re-potting, evidenced by the large roots which were protruding from the underside of its old (tiny) container. I think he will be quite happy in his new home, lots of room to spread his legs and grow.

My re-potted Aloe Vera plant

My re-potted Aloe Vera plant

Well friends, I am sad to say that my closing shot this week is of my greatly under performing Yukon Gold potato patch. Yes friends, the harvest was two, count ’em, two whole potatoes; however, they were tasty!

The Yukon Gold harvest!

The Yukon Gold harvest!

So, until next time.

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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