Saturday, December 06, 2008

Peas and Carrots

The peas are getting pretty tall now, 18" - 20". Some are growing on the trellis I set up and others are climbing the old raspberry canes. By the way, I picked a fresh raspberry this morning. I don't think I'll get anymore this year.

This is a detail of one of the carrots. I harvested about 7 peppers this morning. Mostly Black Hungarian and one Belecskai.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Strawberries in November

The strawberry plant is still producing some berries. There aren't as many but they are still a nice size and sweet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scottie dogs

My friend Lisa has 2 Scottish terriers. This is Duncan in mid-bark or snarl. He wanted to play with the basketball or kill a squirrel. He would have been happy doing either.

Fiona has long beautiful eyebrows.

This is Duncan look less intimidating.

I thought only old men had eye brows that long.

Duncan had enough, he's outta here. For more photos of the Scottie, see the dog overflow blog.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Pumpkin harvest

I decide the pumpkins were ready for harvest. They didn't get as dark orange as I thought, but I compared them to some other pumpkins I saw recently and decided they were ready. There is one more still on the vine. It got a later start.

Peas are about 7 inches tall now and reached the bottom of the trellis.

The largest of the broccoli plants.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Buttons favorite place to sleep

Button loves to fall asleep behind in the bend of your knees. She looks so content there. It's actually a nice place for her to fall asleep. It keeps your butt warm and isn't very intrusive.

I need to figure out a new routine for taking photos of the garden for winter. By the time I get home it's dark and I don't want to take flash photos of things. I guess I need to wake up earlier and get some morning images.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Big win tonight!!!

The San Jose Sharks are 7-0 on home ice this year. It's their best start ever. They beat Minnesota 3-1 tonight. Ryan Clowe had a Gordie Howe hat trick. Recap of the game can be read here.

Oh yeah, there was a Presidential election too.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Raspberries are still coming

The raspberry has started to flower again. Maybe I'll get a second batch of raspberries before it gets too cold.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

First real rain

We had some showers about a month ago, but this is the first real rain of the year. Reflections of the basil plants in the rain.

I think it's going to be a slow Halloween. It's going to be raining all weekend and maybe into next week.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Ps

First we have Peppers. Jimmy Nardello and Balecskai pepper are doing well this time of the year. If I had a greenhouse I could keep these pepper growing in a container all year long... maybe. I could try to put them in a pot, protect them from the cold weather and try to re-plant them in the spring. Maybe I'll try that. It would give them a huge headstart in the spring.

Next are the Peas. Still growing well and the snails haven't wreaked havoc yet.

Pumpkins. They aren't as dark orange as the ones at the super market yet. I'm going to keep them on the vine a bit longer, so I can save seeds from them. If they aren't totally ripe the seeds won't be as viable. I got a pumpkin at target that will have to serve as the Halloween pumpkin this year.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin and seedlings

Tall Telephone is growing fast.

This is one of the broccoli seedlings I transplanted a few weeks ago.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Peas and pumpkins

The pea seedlings have sprouted. This variety is called Tall Telephone.

I like this photo because it shows the contrast between the older pumpkin and the younger one. Varieties like New England Sugar Pie start out green and mature to orange. Rouge Vif d' Etampes starts light yellow and matures to a dark orange, almost red.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Morning in the garden

I was looking at the garden this morning and realized the pumpkin plant was huge. It's taking over the yard. Cold temperatures will take care of that soon enough. Although it was in the 80's today again. Of course, the larger photo is much better than this tiny thumbnail.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Butterfly on the neighbor's butterfly bush

There were a pair of Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) flying and nectar collecting today.

Friday, October 17, 2008

2 weeks until Halloween

I don't think they are getting any bigger at this point.

These still need to get a lot more orange before they are ripe. Look here to see a ripe version.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


It was almost dark by the time I got outside tonight. This photo was taken with the flash.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Enjoying the garden

Lu was having a nice day in the garden while I cleaned up and planted some winter crops. I planted peas, carrots, broccoli and some herbs.

I'm always happy when I find a honey bee enjoying the stuff I planted. There is lots of pollen on this little guy.

One of the Rouge Vif d' Etampes.

The afternoon light was just right to take a still life photo of my harvest. Pomegranates, peepers and cucumbers. It made me feel like painting again.

The tomato still life wasn't as pretty, but I'm just happy to still have good tomatoes to eat.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Starting to color upRouge Vif d' Etampes is a dark reddish-orange pumpkin when it is mature. I noticed today that they seem to be getting a little more orange, but I'm not sure if you can really tell from this photo.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Arrrrr, part II

Photo courtesy of 826 Valencia.
Here is how the story goes: 826 Valencia is a store in San Francisco that started when a guy wanted to start a tutoring school, but the location wasn't zoned for tutoring. It was zoned for retail, so he decided to start selling some stuff too and picked pirate stuff. The pirate stuff took off and now he has a successful pirate store and a tutoring school all in one.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pumpkin progress

Here's a photo of one of the pumpkins. I like the shadow of the flower blossom on the left side. It rained for the frist time since spring on Friday night. It wasn't a lot of rain, but there were still some droppets on the pumpkin when I took the photo.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Rain and different cosmos

It rained over night and sprinkled a little during the day. Eventually the day was sunny with really pretty clouds. Here are some from the backyard.

I noticed today that I seemed to have two different kinds of cosmos. They are the same color, but the petals are different. This one has very full petals.

The cosmo in the background has the smaller petals with a zig-zaggy edge

Friday, October 03, 2008

Update to front porch potted plant

The Coleus is growing nicely now. It really filled in. See a comparison from the first photo. The light pink one seems to be growing the slowest.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Button. Stay...

Good girl!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


The other day I read an article about the Somalia pirates and thought "Wow! There are still pirates?" Then on Monday, I was having lunch with some friends and there was a man with an eye patch and it make me think of the Somalia pirates. Lisa and I decided we would become pirates. Our first mission would be to take care of the whaling boats. The next day when driving to lunch we passed this Pilates fitness place and it had an R pasted over the L. I laughed so hard I was crying. Several times during the day I would think of the sign and start laughing again. I took my camera to work today and made a special trip to get this photo.

Emily also made a special trip to the Halloween store last night to pick up a pirate eye patch for me. I was the perfect gift. Thanks Emily, I will wear it with pride. Arrrrr

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Smallest cucumber ever

Well it isn't really a cucumber yet, it's just a female flower. This is a Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumber. I've been trying to grow them for 3 years now with no success. They are really small plants and usually get destroyed by snails and slugs. I was able to keep this one alive all season long, but it just started to flower. The flowers are so small I don't know if any bees can find them to pollinate them. I don't think there are any male flowers blooming at the same time as the females. Therefore, no cucumbers. Maybe next year I will have more success. To get a sense of how small it is I put an ant on the flower. Enlarge to see the details.

Rouge Vif d' Etampes a couple of days later. I put a nickel next to the pumpkin to help with scale.

Today's harvest of raspberries. I think this will be the last week for raspberries this season.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I'm amazed at how quickly the pumpkins are growing. On the packet for the pumpkins, it says it will take about 95 days to grow to maturity. I planted them about 60 days ago, so they should be ready just in time for Halloween.

Cosmo seeds

Blue Lake Pole beans are still growing well. I like that it has both yellow and white flowers on the same plant.

And I let some dry out, so I will have seeds for next year.

Here are the seeds that I harvested so far this year. I hope I'll have enough seeds to share this year with other members of Seed Savers. I would need at least 25-30 seeds for each order. Right now I have about 200 seeds.

Ancho San Luis peppers

Brandywine OTV and Croatia