6/08/2007

Pea patch update

It's Friday, so that means it's time to visit the community garden plot.

I do enjoy walking up the hill on Friday when the work week is done.

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See the bee? I never realized how much bees like California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) until this year. They interact with most flowers almost perfunctorily, but they go crazy in poppy flowers.

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Do you even realize the hills I climb for you?

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I do it all for love.

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Under one of my favorite trees. I've shown it to you many times. Do you remember its name?

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Would you believe me if I told you this was my car?

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It's not.

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Are you disappointed?

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Relieved?

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We've arrived at the community garden.

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This is one of my two beds.

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Cerinthe major. Love it.

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You can see that it's very windy up here today.

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I'm pleased with my peas.

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My peas please me.

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The Feijoa sellowiana is hanging in there with all this wind.

I planted a couple native plants along the peripheries (propagated from cuttings I took in my garden). This is Salvia clevelandii--native to So. Cal and northern Mexico. So fragrant.

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Ribes sanguineum. Also fragrant, but not in a good way.

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The legacy strawberries are fine. I just eat whatever's ripe when I'm here.

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Noone's taken the Euphorbia milii I brought up here.

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I planted the tomatoes in mid-March, and have yet to harvest a single ripe fruit.

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That tells you much about growing tomatoes in San Francisco. The plants up here look really shabby. I probably won't do tomatoes up here again next year. It's just that I had so many seedlings. I sowed too many seeds.

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I'm eager to see the Royal Blue Ensign flower.

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Enough about me. Let's check out the competition.

Sometimes I don't think these people are even trying to beat me.

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You call those tomatoes?

In all fairness, everyone else has had it much worse with the gopher than I have.

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These people seem to have overcome their gopher troubles.

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They were excited to see this rose sucker from the root... okay.

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Remember this dude?

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He's got some beans

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and a 'choke.

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Now I miss my artichoke.

Major gopher management.

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Temperature management.

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Hot peppers.

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Better days.

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Some people have claimed land on the hill outside the garden.

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They're like pioneers or something.

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I feel compelled to investigate the agave more closely.

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But first, I'm entranced by the grass.

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I take several pictures.

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And then I regroup.

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When I get over here, I discovered that someone did some landscaping here once upon a time.

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The gardener did what I tend to do: plant too close to the path.

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The camera totally fails to capture the intensity of this yellow.

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The hill is jammed with wild radish this time of year.

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And dead chasmanthe, gone to seed.

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I pause to watch the wind blow the grass...



And it's time to head home. We're having Chinese tonight.

Construction and renovation; it's a theme on Bernal.

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The loquat has fruit.

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Nice.

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Ginkgo biloba; tall for a street tree.

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I love flowers at the just-about-spent phase.

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The sign on the door.

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Okay, seriously?

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I thought I would end with geraniums potted in obscure corners, but I found this on my steps when I got home:

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Pablo has missing signs up all over the neighborhood. Pablo, call your office.

7 comments:

Artemisia said...

Thanks for including that pic of the loquat. I just read "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" & it kept talking about how much the parrots love to eat loquats. Here in Chicagoland we don't have as many beautiful flowering trees as you do. I'm jealous!

JvA said...

Artemisia -- You should see the Wild Parrots documentary too, if you haven't already.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0424565/

Blackswamp_Girl said...

"Do you even realize the hills I climb for you?" Yes, Chuck, and we appreciate it! (And all those hills are supposed to make your butt look good, too, so consider it your workout for the day. *grin*)

Wild that someone has a little prairie garden spot in the middle of San Fran. And I must say that I now want to paint a wall dark red and grow orange california poppies right next to it. I just need to figure out where... :)

Artemisia said...

Yes, jva -- I did see that just recently as well. That's what led me to the book, actually. I was wondering if Chuck had ever seen any of these wild parrots in SF? Or, for that matter, any other folks out there... We have something similar going on in Chicago & I can't for the life of me imagine how they survive our winters outside like that. It really gets brutal around here!

chuck b. said...

I just caught, like, the last half of Wild Parrots on TV when I was on vacation. Sweet, but very sentimental which caused it to be unintentionally funny to me in a few places. And I didn't like how the red-tailed hawks came off all mean and evil. We all gots to eat!

I also saw a version of the film in very early development back in 1999 when Bitner's eviction drama was playing out amid the dot-com boom and eviction was this depressing/horrible threat looming over so many people's lives. Now (from the portion I saw), it seems the film's emotional priorities have shifted a bit to how we interact with wildlife. So, many layers and that's nice in a project like this.

chuck b. said...

And, no, I've never seen the wild parrots. I know people who live in North Beach (or, Telegraph Hill if you want) are "over it", and think the birds are obnoxiously noisy. I still think they're cute. I should try to get over to North Beach one of these weekends...

anna maria said...

The parrots fly over Fort Mason and Dolores Park a lot. I believe an ordinance has passed making it illegal to feed them. After all these years, that seems sort of tough.
Your community garden plots look wonderful. Actually the whole garden looks like it's very well used, and clean. The one I belong too is a bit on the "wild" side, but I love it anyway and am enjoying all the poppies and birds.