Tuesday, April 26, 2011

George, the Honey Man Rescuing a Bee Swarm

This was one of three swarms we had this year!  It was the biggest.  One left on its way somewhere else.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ahhh, Sunshine!!

Finally we get to enjoy the sun.  Today was so beautiful.  We have had so much rain we are at 165% of average rainfall.   I spent 2 hours in the garden weeding and cleaning up.  It was around 75.  Tomorrow is supposed to get as high as 86 in some areas!

All the California Poppies "Alba" are blooming!  So beautiful and the Alonsa is going to town, bloomed all winter and now it is upping the show!  Will add pics tomorrow.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Oh, my gosh!  I have been dreading today for a couple weeks.  My Aunt Edna, who is in perfect health for 96.....except for dementia so bad that she forgets how to move her feet at times..... had to go in for her yearly physical.  It is very hard for me to get her in and out of the car and through the whole thing.  It doesn't seem very big after it is over, but thinking about doing it is the worst part.  Anyhow, today was the day.  Rain threatened and it was not looking fun. 

I thought I would get some exercise in and was going to download my scheduled exercise on IFit from the computer but automatically opened my email first instead......and guess what!!  I had won a party prize from the internet party Rebbeca Sweet and her co-author Susan Morrison were giving on the release of their new book "Garden Up!. 

From Rebbeca's blog gossipinthegarden.com:

"Today I’d like to announce the winner of the Fiskars products which I was giving away on my blog.  These tools are truly some of my favorite (and NO, I’m not just saying that because I’m part of Fiskar’s Blogging Team!). Today’s winner receives a combo-pack containing one of my favorite tools to reach those ‘just out of arm’s-length’ wayward branches – the Fiskar’s telescoping bypass loppers. Fiskar’s is generously offering these loppers, PLUS their super-cool Cuts-More scissors as well as their reinforced Kangaroo Garden Container to put those pruned branches in! How’s THAT for an awesome prize!!

 And I was the winner!! 

Well, that certainly helped brighten the day!  Then it turned out I had help going with me and my aunt, so that was another relief.  And everything went fine.

And Jen called and said my Mother's Day present would be delivered to our house tomorrow and I could open it early!  Guess what it is.... The new book "Garden Up!!  It is about vertical gardening!

And Cathy and I had a bit of time to chat this evening.  It turned out to be a great day after all!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011


As much as the news hyped up the possibility of snow in the SF Bay Area, I knew the chances were nill.  I did cover my succulents.  All my new plants are supposed to be able to handle down to 30F.

The snow did not show up in our part of the Bay....and more important, all plants are ok.  Bees weren't too happy though.  They decided to sleep in.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waiting for Spring 2011

We had 3 glorious weeks that were so beautiful.  I thought I was going to have to water the flowerbeds as it was reaching around 78 degrees.  I knew better than get too excited but it was a good time to start to pull weeds since they loved the warmth too.

Tonight it is supposed to actually snow at sea level in the bay area.  It probably won't stick but everyone is looking forward to it.  Kids and parents are planning a "snow day"!

My daughter and I have been checking out Annie's Annuals catalogue.  Lots of things on the wish list!