My first big backyard project of 2021 is creating a garden under a canopy of live oaks using only California and San Diego native plant species. This is day 1.
The daytime weather says it's summer (75F/24C) but last night says it's still winter (37F/3C). Sorry. Sigh... Just a few more weeks guys.
Warm weather (77F / 25C), crisp blue skies and varigated Chinese Lanterns (Abutilon) blooming above the courtyard bench equal a spectacular Monday.
My neighbor's rosemary creeped down my slope and my lantana creeped up hers. Somewhere in the middle the met and now they're both in bloom. They complement each other quite nicely.
Some mornings the world seems to have stopped. It rained a bit last night, but the morning brought clear blue skies, sun and near silence save for a few birds.
A painted sunset on a mid-February Friday evening looking due west. Spectacular colors courtesy of high clouds over the Pacific Ocean (about 10 miles away).
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I have a friendly competition with my neighbor to see who can grow the first ripe tomatoes of the season. I usually lose. This time I sowed seed back in early December and, despite losing all but one plant (a Tigerella), I spotted my first baby green fruit this weekend.
I made some planters from the flower stalk of a giant agave, and put Sansevieria in them. The view from our picture window into the shade garden now has a Jurassic jungle feel.