The “gateway drug”…

The recent bout of Spring like weather has left me feeling slightly giddy.  On a recent jaunt to Petaluma, stopping for those organic layer crumbles at Rivertown I ventured further up the road to Cottage Gardens.  Their bare root fruit trees are in, with more sighted being inspected.  I left with a dwarf Bing Cherry and what will be our second Pomegranate tree.  Asking about Blueberries I learned that they had arrived but were not out yet.  Better yet I picked up a few from last year’s stock for the same price and that bonus year of growth.  I’m done with the mass groupings of Lavender, it’s all about Blueberries now.

Blueberry bloom

Context, or Happy Mother’s Day to me…

con.text (kon-tekst)  the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

Not so traditional when it comes to Mother’s Day.  I’ll skip the brunch, thank you.  Being a single parent for the past eleven years my concept of  perfection on Mother’s Day is for it to be child free, the luxury of some hours to myself.   The stars aligned this year and I headed with my friend Jennifer over to Annie’s Annuals for their Mother’s Day Tea Party.  This nursery defines going to one’s happy place.  Sadly when we arrived  the game of  musical chairs (for a gift certificate, woot!) was already in session not that this stopped us from having a wonderful and minus two tween boys afternoon.   I cannot get enough of Papavers this time of year.  The selection in my own garden are in the inky dark purple range.  While at Annie’s I took these shots of their ‘Ladybird’ Poppy, three different views if you will.  It’s sort of late to be planting but the variegated red and black is enticing.

Give me a good rumor…

This article, a profile of Tony Avent and his Plants Delights nursery had me at twenty different lilacs.  A practical approach (he stopped using chemical fertilizer twenty years ago sparing the microbes in compost from getting burned) with spectacular variety.  Ah to have been ordering plants since age six.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/garden/29garden.html?pagewanted=1&ref=garden

Grow Your Own

Partially I just like the name. For those of you doing the iPhone thing the RHS or Royal Horticultural Society has an app out that is supposed to help you choose edibles for your garden. The price is right, it’s free.  I say supposed to because I have yet to play with it. I’m thinking one of those rainy days we are apparently having again next week. At the moment it’s too nice to be indoors…

Spring forward…

Have to get these babies in the ground so I can return asap, party or no party!The Modesto Garden Club was present in full force.  I loved this woman’s sense of style, especially that her hair was like an exotic orchid bloom.Chilly with looming rain clouds, not a problem.The fabulous Annie in profile with unintentional product placement.

Spectacular signage was sighted.

Naturally at the Spring Party there was dancing.