Entries Tagged 'Gardening'
My kitchen counter is filled with slightly unusual fruit this morning. While persimmons and Meyer lemons are common and popular here, they aren’t as familiar or easy to come by in other parts of the country. I had never even heard of a Pineapple Guava, also known as Feijoa, before we bought this house and noticed the egg-shaped fruit dropping like crazy from the two large tree-like shrubs bordering our courtyard. I have a feeling that many of you haven’t heard of or tasted a pineapple guava either. You should, they’re delicious! The persimmons aren’t actually from my yard – my cousin Cristin has a tree and delivered a bag full of them. I just thought I’d highlight some of what’s currently ripening in the backyards of Central Californians right now.
We’ve been living in this house for close to 10 months now and we have really enjoyed seeing what surprises our mature backyard has to offer with each new season. In the early spring, we had two big patches of Lady Jane tulips pop up followed by a surprise (huge) lilac that had been somewhat hidden behind and inside a huge Myrtle. Continue reading →
Our Meyer lemons are just about ripe and we have a ton of them. This lemon monster was pruned back quite a bit before we moved in but it definitely got away from us again. The tree is so loaded with lemons that the branches sagged to the ground and just started growing out along the pavement! It needs a lot of thinning, but we just can’t bring ourselves to cut off any of the unripe lemons. Continue reading →
Once again I was at the new house today – working a little and supervising a lot. I needed to meet the window guy fairly early and was running late so I put my oatmeal into a plastic container, grabbed my travel mug of coffee, and ran out the door. While the windows were being measured, I sat on the patio under the pineapple guava trees and ate my oatmeal. I noticed that the meyer lemons are really ripening fast and took this photo to share on instagram. The tree is right outside the master bedroom window and it’s my favorite thing in the yard at the moment. Continue reading →
One of the many things I love about being back in central California is that I’m near my family again. My grandparents are only 30 minutes away and it’s just an hour’s drive to see my Dad, who lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near a tiny little mountain town called North Fork. I’m currently in an apartment without much outdoor space to call my own, so this year I’m trying to get up to my Dad’s house as much as possible to help out in his huge, beautiful garden. Continue reading →