Watermelon Woman


Happy Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2015, Saturday,11:56 am
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Received flowers and candy from my love. Not bad for 37 years!

I ordered a ton of seeds from Baker Creek last night. Before starting seeds though, there is a whole lot of weeding to do. A few days of rain have increased the volume of growth exponentially.

The ordered seeds were mostly melons and tomatoes. One okra variety and a couple of carrots in orange, yellow and red.

Come on Spring Time!



Finally Spring is here!
April 30, 2011, Saturday,10:31 am
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Although a bit windy today, it may get up to 70 degrees today and perhaps into the 80’s by the weekend! The weeds in the back are enormous now. A ton of work is needed to clear it all out and plant veggies. I have a few sweet peas (deep purple) and maybe some Scarlett runners (no blossoms yet).

The best spring gift is the arrival of my grandson! Both mom and baby are doing great and I am in love with him already. I can see both my son and daughter-in-law in the baby. He is gaining weight and sleeping more.



And the rain continues
February 19, 2011, Saturday,9:53 am
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Flower of a Clematis 'Nelly Moser'.

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January was quite a dry month compared to our December drenching but February is making up for it. We are soaked and sodden now. The weeds are loving it. There is just enough sun between storms to help them grow, well, like weeds.

Since last posted I have purchased a Meyer Lemon, Sweet Lime and my heirloom apple has arrived. It is currently in a large pot since it has been way to wet to dig. I planted some dark red Clematis, placed so it can climb up the rose trellis. First try with this flower so we’ll see. I read that Clematis likes shade on it’s feet and sun on top. My spot should fit that to a tee. No green has emerged yet but with very cold temperatures (for us anyway in sunny California) perhaps waiting will work out best.



Happy Birthday to me!
September 2, 2010, Thursday,10:42 pm
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September 3rd

Happily, I will make another year. 2010 has been a much better year than 09. I am still a survivor and been majorly busy at work with web redesign and other big projects. I haven’t yet figured out if I don’t write because I’m boring and have nothing to say or if I’m really depressed and withdrawing from everyone.

I don’t feel depressed so maybe I’m just boring. LOL! I’ve planted some greens and sweet peas. Most of my tomato plants, with the exception of one volunteer plant that is out of control, are either completely eaten by something or spindly and not producing. Changing where they were planted from last year didn’t seem to help. Something as eaten my only two pumpkins as well. It could have been the dog.

The oregano grew like crazy. When it grew to about 20 inches I cut them all and hung them to dry. I was surprised at how fast they were ready to put in a spice jar. I also had a little bit of French tarragon that I dried too. The smell is just divine. I will certainly try other herbs in the future.

The weather these days feel like Fall already. I miss the rain, one because it means I don’t have to water and clears the air and two, it is so much easier to pull weeds.

I visited a fairly new seed store in Petaluma (CA). It is a secondary store to Baker Creek Seeds in Missouri. The store is in a 1920-30’s former bank building. Really cute and spacious. Helpful people. I will go again in time to buy new Spring seeds.

Off to see my oldest son on Saturday but first a birthday dinner with the other two boys and daughter-in-law. And the best news I’ve had in a long time, I’m to be a grandmother! I am so over the top about it. My DIL sent a text message with a photo of the baby at 9 weeks. Can’t tell the sex yet. I do hope everything goes well. Looks like April due date.

Thanks for checking back and I will try to write on a regular basis again.



Garden Update
May 31, 2010, Monday,11:25 am
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Apologies for the lack of posts. Work has been overwhelming me and by the time I’m finished with all that computer work, I don’t want to touch the computer.

I spent Sunday cleaning the back patio and putting together a glider bench with one of my sons. The patio looks better than it has in a long, long time. I still have the garden supplies and tools to move to a new spot, which will give more room for people.

The garden is coming along. The two sunflowers are about 4 feet tall already and looking strong. The weakest plants are the peppers although I’m not sure why. I have many green tomatoes and the squash are coming along too.

The mardarin orange that is in a big pot now has volunteer tomatoes and either squash, pumpkin or melon growing at its base. I used some potting soil used for seeds two years ago! The seeds had not germinated so I emptied the pots back into the soil bin. LOL I hope that some of them will transplant into the planting beds.

Update, photos.

glider

Kitty GnomeGarden Fairie

Climbing RosesBlackberries

Volunteer tomatoes and squashSunflowers

Sweet PeasPeppers, tomatoes, cucumbers

Close-up tomatoes



Lost weekend
June 17, 2009, Wednesday,8:24 pm
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This past weekend was a lost one. Nausea and pains were my best friends. I tried to go back to work on Monday but had to come home. Today was much better although I still get tired very quickly.

On Tuesday, I received a very unexpected surprise gift of a quilt. Something to keep me warm during chemo. My quilter friend and co-worker suprised the heck out of me. I have had nothing but great support from co-workers. bless them one and all.

I had a lovely lunch with my sister. We had lots to catch up on and I miss seeing her more often.

It is good that figs are strong. I actually have some tiny figlets on my 2 year old tree that I planted in a pot. I saw the squirrel trotting off with one of my donut peaches. I hope it gives him a belly ache!

I haven’t been consistent with my poor plants and I’ll be lucky not to lose more than I already have. Only the weeds are happy. I hope for a clean start in the fall when I’m done with all the chemo.

We hope to take a short trip next week. I have some vacation time and it will be put to good use. A little R&R sounds delightful



SF Flower and Garden Show
March 17, 2009, Tuesday,6:21 pm
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I had been looking forward to going to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show but as it turns out, I will be out of town on the Saturday that I would be able to attend. Drat. Unless someone takes over the business, this will be the last year.  I can’t image the amount of work involved in pulling together this monster event.

Sigh.

On a happier note, my new Donut Peach is in glorious pink bloom along with white apricot blossoms. My SweetPeas are still producing red, blue, purple, and white flowers and yes, they smell heavenly.



Apples to pick
November 9, 2008, Sunday,1:04 am
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It is a dreary-looking day with spits and starts of misty rain. I was mostly out window shopping for a birthday gift but I was happy to catch my brother in his shop. We had a great chat and solved most of the world’s problems 😉 He has a son in Iraq so that is something that the family remembers day-to-day.

Back home, I decided to pick some more of my apples. The tree is about 30 years old and has three varieties of green apples–sour, moderately sour and very sour. Well, perhaps not quite that bad. These latest pickings are acutally edible and should make a nice pie.

My carrots and greens are happy with the weather. Same for the broccoli. I finally pulled my pepper plants (all 3 that were left) so I have room for more carrots. I’m thinking that I’ll do a couple of other root plants, maybe parsnips and beets. I also need to transplant the horseradish to a larger pot.

I pulled bunches of weeds and a tree growing where it shouldn’t be and almost filled the recycle bin. Since it had been raining and the ground was still wet-ish, the pulling wasn’t too difficult.

It has started to rain a little harder now although we are not expecting much rain total. Thoughts on dinner include soup (I have cooked chicken from last night), chicken with noodles/rice and I have a nice winter squash to cook.

Weekends are now the only time that I can see my garden. It is dark when I leave the house for work and dark when I get home. Must be day-light savings time. Not sure whose is getting the daylight.

My son in Japan sent me a couple of photos of watermelon of the usual type. Funny and expensive. $500.

Melon in a Japanese shop

Melon in a Japanese shop


A close-up

A close-up



Melting
June 21, 2008, Saturday,6:40 pm
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Whoa. Living in California means, for some, no right to complain about the weather. But if you are accustom to low 70’s and are dealing with 100 degrees, I do think it’s okay to say it is fairly miserable. Most of us do not have air conditioning in our homes and after a couple of hot days as we have been having, the house is hotter than outside. If you have two stories, all the heat rises and you sleep on the couch down stairs. You are sweating when all you are doing is typing on the computer. ugh.

I know we are experiencing nothing when compared to the floods and tornados. I wish everyone the best.

The good new about the heat is that the garden loves the heat. I can see growth everyday and some of my tomatoes are starting to turn. The apricots ripened in about 2 days and all are picked. Most were given away, but we have a few left for munching. The tree is 30 years old and has begun to give us less fruit. In some ways that’s fine because we have trouble reaching the high fruit and can’t possibly use it all anyway. The oranges can stay on the tree until we want to eat them.

More pix next time.



Seeds
February 2, 2008, Saturday,11:25 pm
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I’ve ordered most of my seeds for 2008 from Baker Street Heirloom Seeds.

Included in my order are watermelons of course. I trying some varieties that are new to me and hopefully will be ready earlier than some of the standards. Black-tail Mountain is 70 days; Melitopolski, a Russian variety doesn’t list the number of days, but coming from Russia, one suspects that it will be. Ali Baba is not short, 100 days, but its claim to fame is the flavor.

Tomato selections were Cuor di Bue, Sioux, Old Virginia, Flame (aka Hillbilly), plus some plum varieties.  I have also purchased carrots, okra, baby greens, green beans, black-eyed peas and corn. Corn will be a first. I picked a 5-foot variety. Oh and sunflowers. I had great success with them last summer and they last forever. I picked and picked for the house and still had plenty to please the eye in the garden.

I deciding on what varieties of apples to purchase. I want to try espaliers to cut down on the space requirements.

It has been raining forever here in sunny California so the ground is just as wet as can be.   I do like rain but, it is getting old now.