6/27/2007

Okay, let's finish that walk.

I got my haircut (it's really bad), now it's all uphill to the pea patch.

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Isn't this nice?

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I think this is really nice.

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It's practically perfect.

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Please tell me what this vine is if you know.

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This looks like a professional job to me.

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Thyme and armeria. Very nice.

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Awesome pocket garden!

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A closer look.

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Really good use of that scallopy red brick edging.

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Blackberry.

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As far as weeds go...

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I should do this.

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We've had very strong winds the last few days and I have some wind damage up here.

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And gopher damage!

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So long, Royal Blue Ensign. I hardly knew ye.

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(However, I have another of ye in my home garden where I don't have gophers.)

Trailing lantana, totally passed by.

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The tomatoes look like heck.

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Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' flower buds! Okay, I grew several of these from seed. I gave several away, planted three in my backyard, and put one up here. Which flowers first? Not the three pampered, watched over plants in my backyard. All in due time, I guess...

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Salvia clevelandii, from a cutting.

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Ribes sanguineum, Pink Flowering Currant, also from a cutting.

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What else is going on up here?

This sedum is flowering awesomely!

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This...squash? has really bounced back.

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I feel like I should know what this is, and as soon as you tell me I'm going to go "oh, yeah!"

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Time to go home.

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Is this how you harvest opuntia? I don't think it is.

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Always fascinating how the Agave americana leafs out.

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I have this succulent, but I water it, and it grows very differently with supplemental water.

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I should stop watering it!

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From a mural at the branch library.

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13 comments:

lisa said...

Awesome pics, as always! That vine looks like my kiwi, based on leaf appearance (of course in this climate, mine's much smaller). That pink-blooming succulent and the one you said you should quit watering-they both have me drooling! I wonder how cold-hardy either is? Houseplant candidates, at least! That pocket garden IS way cool...you have so many creative gardens in your 'hood!

Annie in Austin said...

What a wonderful walk! Lisa beat me to the awesome pocket garden comment - and I also covet the blooming succulent, and wish my solanum had something besides leaves.

What is the fruit growing on that tree? [the photo is a couple above Peter Lorre in M]

Maybe the mystery vegetable is Eggplant? Even the vegetables get a scenic view in your world, Chuck!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

chuck b. said...

Ah, yes--eggplant! I tried that once; that's why I thought it looked familiar. Too cold in San Francisco to grow eggplant (successfully), according to "experts" I know. But it's nice that someone's trying. I'll be keeping an eye on those to see how they turn out.

And I don't know what the fruit on that tree is. I tried to play it cool by not mentioning it, but you outed me. Is it pomegranate or quince?

I agree that there's some really sweet gardening going on here. It's nice to have people to share it with!

chuck b. said...

Lisa, yes, kiwi! Duh! :)

thanks!

Christopher C. NC said...

Between chores and sharing a computer I don't get to visit as much as before. Did you get a new camera Chuck? Or am I just happy to see your pictures?

You have nice flower closeups and such that you dissed once.

chuck b. said...

There you are. I was beginning to think you were too good to comment on California blogs now that you've gone all North Carolina.

Same camera. I started using the "portrait" mode to photograph close-ups, and it works better, but not perfectly. I am still thinking about considering perhaps beginning to investigate the possibility of one day purchasing an additional camera with the express idea of using it to take close-up pictures of flowers.

Christopher C. NC said...

Too good, Not! This "retirement" is just exhausting. I will say I do not miss the routine, but not having a routine changes everything. Living with your parents is a whole other matter.

I am also thinking of upgrading again on a new camera or at the least getting a tripod.

Nicole said...

You always do these "walk"photo essays so wonderfully. I have good friends who live on Skyview Way (Twin Peaks), and your photos always bring back fond memories me of my visits.

chuck b. said...

Thanks for commenting Nicole.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm drooling... just drooling. Like Annie, I want a sedum that flowers like that! And whatever that succulent is, it looks beautiful there. I don't know whether to agree that you should stop watering yours, though--can we see a pic for comparison?

And I want to give that big fuzzy Malamute a kiss on the nose but instead I'll go give my own (she's half Mal) a kiss on the nose. :)

John said...

I like the teddy-bear sunflower pic. It reminds me of a CK model, face pressed up against a featureless wall.

chuck b. said...

Kim, I'll go get a picture. You're not going to believe me when I show it to you tho'.

John, yes! The CK connection didn't occur to me, but I was definitely thinking about a face leaned against the wall. Thanks for commenting.

Wicked Gardener said...

It always amazes me how creative people are with small gardens. They all look so loved too. The cannas in the sidewalk were amazing. Thank you for sharing!