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Very White

Posted in gardening, nature, photos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 31, 2012 by darcyarts

Finally got some good pictures of the new white papavers.

You have to catch them in just the right light. Too much light and the image blown out. Too little and they look drab.

These are more of the fine crop of Annie’s flowers we got at Eileen Barry’s Wild Thyme in April.

The  tomatoes are doing very well. A closer examination gave e the distinct impression that we did get cherry tomatoes. I hope so. one plant is filled with many, many, little red bulbs.

I also stuck an old onion in a planter from which I expect to see pretty buds soon. Will they be shades of lavender?


Posted in family, gardening with tags , on May 23, 2012 by darcyarts

This morning’s picture is a delightful double. Two blossoms.

What a wonderful morning ritual, going out with the camera to catch a photo of the fresh new beauty.

There will be other colors coming soon. I can’t wait to see the white blooms. My long awaited black poppy will probably be the last out. It will be worth the wait.

My daughter and her boyfriend came to visit this last weekend. They filled the house with flowers. Peonies, sunflowers, gladiolas. It is such a treat.

I waited a bit to long to photograph them. The were so full and fresh. The love is timeless.

Morning Emergence

Posted in gardening, nature with tags , on May 20, 2012 by darcyarts

We have our first beautiful flower from among the plants that Frank bought for my birthday. He watched it emerge this morning. The wind help blow the outer green shell of protective petals away and there she was.

Stunning. We will soon have a second blossom. It looks like it may be dark purple. You’ll see.

There is a little purple near the center of this flower. I can’t wait.

This evening it will cool off and the annual solar eclipse will take place at sunset here in California. Feels like magic.

These lovely flowers are Annie’s and were found at Eileen Barry’s enchanting Wild Thyme.


Posted in gardening, nature with tags , on May 19, 2012 by darcyarts

The plants in our raised garden boxes are thriving, It makes me very happy! There are poppies galore readying themselves for display. They will be beautiful.

We have at least three kinds of tomatoes out there – Early Girls, Black Prince and I think little yellow cherry tomatoes. I might be wrong about the cherry as I don’t see a little tag for them. We will see.

The Early Girls already have tomatoes. Sweet. Grow, babies.


Posted in gardening, nature with tags , , on May 1, 2012 by darcyarts

Spring days, oh so warm, and such a treat to see green leaves and beautiful flowers. I don’t know who planted these. It was before we moved into this house but they look great along the fence on the drive in. Thank you!

Nature is magnificent.

SunTime Soon

Posted in food, gardening, nature on April 17, 2012 by darcyarts

Frank went to Wild Thyme this morning to fetch some more beautiful poppies, white this time, and brought home some beautiful red salvia  for the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies. The sun was out when we planted them but it has grown cloudy and gray.

We planted six tomato plants and some chives. We can hit the Farmer’s Market for other veggies. We’re just around the corner from the Saturday market at City Hall. It was busy every single Saturday last season. Good for us all.

The warmth is due this week. Temperatures will get into the 80s. Great and groovy.

I will be taking pictures of the new plants. It is going to be so nice to have flowers to see from the kitchen windows.

Weather Crush

Posted in gardening, nature, photos with tags , , , on October 12, 2011 by darcyarts

I am enjoying this weather so much. Cool, rainy, then warmer and sunny. We are in the mild zone, now, that it is October. It could be hot at this time of year but it is not.

Thanks, weather.

The green things are still growing. They might be a little ragged at the edges but still beautiful.

Temperatures, this week will be in the mid 80s. Sweet.

It is time to enjoy the transformation of warm into chill and enjoy a slow few weeks before the acceleration of the coming holidays.