4 12, 2019

Citrus Season

By |2019-12-10T13:12:08-08:00December 4th, 2019|Photos|

Rain and wind make for terrible growing conditions around the acre for everything but the citrus. For the first time in several years it looks like all the trees -- navel orange, grapefruit, mandarin and tangerine -- will be full of fruit this winter. All well and good. Not only do us people enjoy the fruit, but the ducks are big fans too.

9 06, 2014

Ring Around the Marigold

By |2014-06-09T15:42:54-07:00June 9th, 2014|Garden|

10 or so years ago my youngest daughter brought home a packet of marigold seeds called "Little Tiger" (or something close to that) she'd won in a drawing at school. The first year we grew them they were, in fact, striped orange and yellow like a tiger. Each year we saved some seeds and planted them again. But as time went the stripes faded and a new pattern emerged with an orange flower ringed by a yellow band. Perhaps a  [keep reading...]

12 05, 2014

Peruvian Lilly

By |2014-05-12T18:54:09-07:00May 12th, 2014|Garden|

Mom gave me a couple of different types of Alstromeria (aka Peruvian Lilly) 15 years ago when she re-vamped her garden. Stuff re-seeded, spread throughout the upper yard and grows like a weed in half a dozen place now. I've seen uglier weeds.

8 05, 2014

Varigated Chinese Lantern

By |2019-09-20T09:35:04-07:00May 8th, 2014|Garden|

This is an unusual variety of the Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) with speckled yellow and green leaves. Native to southern Asia, I picked this one up as a 3 inch plant the local exotic plant nursery years ago. It's now well over 10 feet tall an produces lots of orange blooms without being watered or fertilized at all. (Interesting side note -- it's related to the tomatillo.)

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