growing potatoes and yams in coffee sacks

i met a wonderfully delightful woman a few months ago at a baby shower.  i started telling Cheri how i was obsessed with watching YouTube videos on growing potatoes.   wouldn’t you know it, but Cheri’s sister is a big potato farmer in Idaho.  of course…because that’s how God works.  he puts people in your life […]

teeny, tiny peaches!

i love spring. the flowers are blooming, and you find cool stuff in the garden you’ve never seen before! like this one here…i’ve no clue what it is, but it appeared in my raised bed…so i transplanted it. it’s cool! in so cal, we don’t have to remove the bulbs each year…they just stay there […]

fall day with my new camera

  don’t tell my husband, but i bought a new camera… isn’t this hibiscus divine? i just love the old wooden crates.  why do i love the old distressed wood look so much? the colors are coming in on the fall flowers around the arch of the front door.  so pretty. this child moves too fast […]

fall is HERE! i found a pumpkin in my garden.

that’s right folks….i didn’t think it would happen. i planted pumpkin seeds in june….and we had amazingly gorgeous huge leaves.  they grew all through the yard.  then they started to get the white powdery fungus. so i ignored it figuring nothing would come of it.  it was 100 degrees+ in our area for weeks….i certainly […]


look what we saw in the garden today!?!? it only took 9 months.  🙂 anyone have the recipe for the Bandera/Houston’s artichoke?

attack of the bunnies!

When we landscaped our yard, I specifically researched how to keep the rabbits out.  We specifically built raised veggie beds so that the bunnies couldn’t enjoy the veggies more than we did. So the guys dug a foot deep and secured the wire fencing along the 75 feet across our back yard.  I looked at […]

summer’s here. the flowers prove it!

We’ve still got another month or so of what we southern Californians call June gloom.  That’s right…don’t come here expecting hot blazing days.  Along the coast, you’ll get foggy mornings until it burns off around noon…these days last until July 4th.  Then we finally get some morning sun! But the June gloom is perfect for […]

summer flowers :: hydrangea, roses and lavender

i LOVE my garden, and particularly love the flower arrangements that come directly from the garden.   the hydrangea is quite unusual with 3 layers of florets.  also, i’ve noticed as it warms up that the flowers are an interesting shade of grayish/pink.  so pretty! the roses smell amazing. love.

spring garden party

the party went off without a hitch.  we’re blessed with amazing friends who lend their time and help!  in between setting up, politely bossing my friends around, and trying to be a gracious hostess, i tried to snap a few pix…. the weather cooperated….it rains one day a year in california.  and thankfully, the first […]

look who’s here? spring garden!

spring has sprung. hyacinths are popping already!

the first signs on spring are here…trouble is, we haven’t really had winter.  and as i write this, the temperature is dropping to the high 30s here in So Cal.  its finally snowing in the mountains.   these poor bulbs will be 86d by morning!   but look at how gorgeous the back yard is […]