Category Archives: Gardening

Friday Fall Leaves

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Today I would love to share a few photos I took of fall color in my garden.  It seems almost overnight that the leaves in my garden turned color this week.  Turmeric yellow, red, orange and brown leaves abound and are piling up on the floor.  As many leaves are falling and have already fallen, my trees still have plenty of leaves still waiting to drop. All the leaves won’t drop until early January! Yup, we get three solid months of falling leaves 🍂🍂🍁🍂🍁. Continue reading Friday Fall Leaves

Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Happy Sunday! 

Hi folks, I hope you are having a good weekend! Ours has been a quiet one especially after all the power outages we had the previous weekend, we were happy to be home with electricity and happy to have a low-key couple of days.

Today I would love to share with you a fabulous fall garden project that uses foraged flora and natural garden elements. Are you looking for a creative way to decorate your pumpkins this season? Try this foraged flora pumpkin project that everyone can be a part off. All you need is glue and foraged flora and you can make the most beautiful decorated pumpkin that I promise will look like you purchased it from a high-end florist! Continue reading Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

I hope you are having a good week and are looking forward to a lovely weekend.  For us, this week has been rather somber.  We found out earlier this week that my dear friend Nishma’s Mother-in-law whom we affectionately called Masi (Aunty) passed away.  She was 90 years old and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Remembering Masi

Friday Fruits

Gosh, we are so fortunate to be living here surrounded by beautiful nature, amazing weather, lush green farms, and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round.  And in Santa Clara Valley we are even more fortunate to have the most fertile land available that it is no wonder that this area used to be called The Valley of Hearts Delight, especially given that this area was covered in fruit orchards before it became Silicon Valley.  The new Silicon Valley hasn’t gotten away from its roots though, for every home in our area seems to have some fruit tree or another. I should know!  Almost everyone I know has fruit trees in their garden. Continue reading Friday Fruits

Friday Flowers

Oh how I love mint. I don’t know why I love this humble herb so much.  Is it the fresh scent that exudes from every leaf making me feel happy instantly?  Is it that it is so easy to grow that even a novice gardener can grow it? Or is it that it grows so easily and prolifically that if allowed it could take over any garden patch covering it in swaths of green. Or is it that whenever I am working in the garden and happen to rub against a mint leaf I get a whiff of sweet fragrance making me forget the cares of the world, if only for an instant. I love mint so much that I even wrote an ode to mint.  I just love mint. Continue reading Friday Flowers

Summer’s End and Fall Planting in our Veggie Patch

Summer’s End 
by Thaddeus from Farmfreshtoyou.com

It’s evening after the heat of summer afternoon, and I am walking down the dusty gravel road that curves along the canal through the farm.
Beyond the canal our first planting of heirloom tomatoes has been disasembled.
The vines once supported by stakes and string that tower over six feet tall now lie on their sides in awkward lumps.
In the fallen tomatoes, I see a coyote who already sees me. We look at each other, both wondering what the other will do until we both keep going about our evening activities mindful that the other is still there.
Soon this field will be chopped and planted over to cover the crop and these tomato vines will be remembered only on my spreadsheet that tracks history by fields. Continue reading Summer’s End and Fall Planting in our Veggie Patch

Friday Flowers

Happy Friday!

My twins started school this week, which means my schedule has freed up and is more predictable now.  The twins are seniors this year, I can’t believe it! One more year and then they are off to college.  But I’m not going to delve on that right now as it does make me a little sad, but rather I’d like to share with you some happy pictures of a recent nursery trip I made to my favorite nursery Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California. Continue reading Friday Flowers

Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Patch in Monte Sereno, California

My flowers have been blooming like gangbusters this summer with nonstop blooms all summer long.  It’s the fairly mild summer we have been having this year that’s making my garden so happy, though in August we have been getting some hot temperatures reaching upto 90s and even 100.  Despite all this cool, warm, hot weather, Anjali’s herb patch is looking great as ever! Continue reading Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Patch in Monte Sereno, California

The Gardens of the Alhambra. Granada, Spain

The Alhambra Castle and Fortress in Granada has to be one of the most visited places in Spain with five to eight thousand visitors a day from all over the world. This giant castle and fortress compound spans over 35 acres and is covered in the most stunning gardens I have ever seen. This spectacular Palace, Fortress and Gardens takes over five hours to explore but truly the most amazing aspect of this visit are the gardens of the Alhambra.  The flowers, the fountains, the reflecting pools, the kitchen gardens, the orchards, each and every part of the landscape at this thousand year old complex is awe-inspiring.  It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, and showcases the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, combined with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden designs. I was so in awe of the gardens here that most of my photos are of the palace gardens and a few pictures of the palace itself.  Here is a look at the gardens of the Alhambra. Continue reading The Gardens of the Alhambra. Granada, Spain