Gardening, California-Style.

This past weekend was gorgeous.  We took the opportunity to get the vegetable garden prepped and managed some early planting – peas, Japanese greens, broccoli rabe, shallots, potatoes and herbs.

Sweet Peas in front of potatoes.

Sweet Peas in front of potatoes.

As soon as I can find some onion and garlic sets they’ll go into the ground as well.  Tomatoes, eggplant and chilies will have to wait another month or so.

Broccoli rab, Japanese greens, lots of sunshine.

Broccoli rabe, Japanese greens, lots of sunshine.

I added some violas to my herb beds too.  And picked up a bluebird home.  It’s kinda cute.  I imagine the birds will avoid it, but I like it.  I noticed a pair of bluebirds hanging out in the area I call my jungle, back behind the apple tree.

Bluebird 'outhouse'.

Bluebird ‘outhouse’.

Pretty Violas.

Pretty Violas.

Herbs in a wine barrel.

Herbs in a wine barrel.

Flowering Quince.

Flowering Quince.

As compared to Maine– the view from my son’s apartment window.

Another blizzard in Maine.

Another blizzard in Maine.