What an amazing season it has been! Despite the adversity of heat,wind and smoke, the garden continued to shine for a good long season. We are truly blessed and now the garden can rest in Winter's silence. So here are the last splashes of the Fall season-enjoy!
My wish this year is a Planet of Peace. And, as always, the garden leads the way. Today I walked by the hummingbird feeder and glanced at the honeybees that are often there, feasting on sugar water. And today they were joined by Yellow Jacket wasps, often seen as an aggressor towards honeybees. But not today. Not in the garden. Today they are feasting at the feeder in peace ... Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
With much love,
We've had a spectacular fall this year with an abundance of sunshine and many windless days. After having endured a hot, smokey summer, the beautiful weather has been such a joy, especially for the garden! Flowers are abundant in the cooler days while the green leafy vegetables are tender and sweet, happily growing under an autumn sun. Winter will be here soon enough, so we'll enjoy these final fall days in the garden. And for now,life is good...
It's the first of October and the days are noticeably cooler. The garden and I are both quite happy to put the summer heat behind us! The flowers are blooming in their final flush before winter while tomatoes are happily ripening on the vine. The runner bean flowers are growing into beans and the purple tomatillos are popping out of paper husks ready for picking. It's all about beauty and bounty in the garden this season so enjoy the wonderful days of autumn! Winter will be upon us soon enough...
The days are crisp and the skies are blue and the sun's rays are radiant in a clear autumn sky. Most of the fruit has been picked except for grapes ripening on the vine,while the vegetables are still going strong! Many of the garden flowers such as Salvias and Asters will shine with a fall bloom that will take us clear into winter. And the Runner Beans have created beautiful walls of color in the garden, which will soon grow into long pods awaiting a November harvest. The sweet season of fall is upon us and life is good.
The days are long and hot here in the Eastern Sierras. Even with the heat the garden is still shining with it's beautiful fruits and lovely flowers. The tomatoes should be ripening soon which is always a treat. Our "summer salsa" time has begun!
Early summer in the garden is just so vibrant that one needs no words. Photos are all that's needed...
The gardens always shine in May and this year even more so. We've had lovely weather and we've also been feeding the garden with some really great stuff! We do soil drenches and foliar feeding (using a hand held sprayer) with some of Steve's compost tea as well as a mix of fish emulsion and liquid kelp too. And this year I've created, with the help of the garden helpers,an amazing product called "The Garden Blend Essence Kit". It has five different flower essence blends made specifically to support and balance the garden environment. And this year the garden is shining! Rather than talk about it, here's some photos to enjoy! Happy Spring everybody!
My first class was held on Saturday at "The San Diego Botanic Gardens" in Encinitas,Ca It was a beautiful blue sky day with a lovely breeze and a garden full of spring blooms. And the pollinators were everywhere! The class was held in the herb garden and we were surrounded by sweet smelling herbs full of bees and butterflies. And just beyond the garden were bottlebrush trees full of Annas and Allens hummingbirds.What a delight they were as they chased and squabbled among the bright red flowers! It was the perfect setting for a class about the pollinators! We had a nice group of women and each of us shared our own gardening experiences in the ways we create our unique sanctuaries.Some focused on butterfly gardens while others planted for the bees. I had alot to share about hummingbirds since I've got so many and it inspired the other women to provide the flowers and feeders which attract them as well. It seems to me that when we plant for the pollinators our gardens become so much bigger than us. They become a beautiful tapestry of life which nourishes so many and with that,our own souls are nourished in the process.And that's a very good thing indeed...
Hi, I am Marianne and a lover of all things Nature! I love my gardens and I know you have that love of nature in you too!