There it is, the last sunset of the summer of `22. Nothing spectacular, but watching old Sol sink into the Pacific one to close the season was nice anyway.
This is weird. I pulled this tomato off the vine because I thought it had worms, but it turns out the seeds germinated inside the tomato and were popping through a break in the skin. Anyone know what causes that?
I like sunflowers so I sprinkle them around the acre to add some visual interest and keep the birds and bees happy. This one is Moulin Rouge, which I picked up along with a number of other varieties from @johnys_seeds. The depth of the red color in this one is a real show stopper.
As I was coming back from closing the chicken coop last night, I saw Rusty the rooster weathervane against a setting sun sky. Looked pretty neat.
Every year our Feijoa, aka: Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana) treats us to a ton of dense green fruit with a pineapple like flavor. I'm not a fan of the fruit itself, but a friend of mine is a brewer and uses it in one of his specialty beers, so I'm a fan of Feijoa then.
A spider weaving a web between two trees high in the air with the sun setting in the background.
We had an unusually cool summer which let the grapes take their time ripening. Now that cool fall nights are here, the fruit is finally finishing. Wine soon enough!
I’ve been reading “what to plant for fall” stories since August. In some ways I’m jealous of people who can start their fall garden in late summer, but it’s not an option here in the San Diego county foothills. By August the sun is directly overhead and it hasn’t rained in four months or more. The ground is hot and dry, the air is hotter and drier. All the natives drop their leaves and other plants, even mature, well-watered ones, [keep reading...]
Like clockwork, the season switched from summer to fall and suddenly the heat and sun are gone, replaced with cool temps and early morning fog. Here's my view of the palms on the west side of the valley at 7 am.