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.

 

 

Favorites

Favorite smile – Nicky Parsons’ (Julia Stiles) smile at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum.  (

Favorite bare back -  Angelina Jolie in Wanted.

Favorite new demi-god – author Lawrence Block – didn’t know enough to be afraid.  Lucky he didn’t smite me, for I deserve to be smoten for my sacrilegiosity.

Favorite new flavor – the whole marinated grilled chicken the enterprising Hispanic family grills up on two big charcoal barbecues set up on a street corner (a mile from me – you can smell the chicken grilling when the wind is right) and serves with homemade rice, beans, tortillas and salsa.  They chop the chicken into pieces with a cleaver and you take it home in a plastic bag or eat it right there with your fingers and tortillas.  Heavenly.

Favorite new red wine – Hall “Darwin” Red Wine.

Current favorite form of entertainment – digging potatoes out of my garden.  This is a first!  It’s like finding purple, red and gold buried treasure!  Who knew you could grow potatoes in Cali?

Favorite new fun site – Bronte Blog.  At long last…