Category Archives: Gardening

Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

This year my daffodils are not blooming in profusion like they usually do. I do have daffodils in bloom, but I am used to a stellar show and I don’t have that right now.  I can only assume that they will start blooming later as most of my daffodils are in the shade.  But I am impatient. I love flowers and I am craving some color in the garden

I signed up for Filoli’s email newsletter a while back and recently got notified of Filoli’s Daffodil Daydreams weekend. I asked the girls if we could all go see the daffodils together, and if this trip could be the twins’ birthday party celebration. This would be something unique and special.  Both Anjali and Rani happily agreed and invited three of their friends; Charlotte, Claire, and Maya for the daffodil viewing.  It ended up being a gorgeous sunny day and what a spectacular show it was! Continue reading Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens

Our New Veggie Patch

We finally got around to building a vegetable patch last year on our hill.  This little hill of ours has amazing views of the surrounding hills and mountains, and tons of sunshine; perfect conditions for growing vegetables.  I asked my gardener to build the veggie patch, told him exactly what I was looking for, and after 3 months of flattening parts of the hill, tilling the soil, trucking in loads of compost and soil, the veggie patch was finally done.  Here are the pictures of our newly built veggie patch. Continue reading Our New Veggie Patch

Vegetables from the Garden

Last year was the first year we had a veggie patch.  And as novice vegetable gardeners we just went nuts buying a ton of seedlings, not realizing that those tiny seedlings grow into huge vegetable plants with tons and tons of vegetables!!  I had so many vegetables I was giving them away to friends to the point where one of my friends said she didn’t want any more!  It was loads of fun for all of us to go up the hill to check on our veggies, pick what was ready, and bring them down to cook or eat in a salad.  We even hosted a couple of veggie picking parties with our cousins.  Here are a bunch of pictures from our 2015-veggie harvest! Continue reading Vegetables from the Garden

Summer Garden Ladies Evening

In the summer of 2008 I hosted a Summer Garden Ladies Evening. I wanted to give all my lady friends a chance to get dressed up and come hang out in the garden.  But I also wanted them to just enjoy themselves and just be served.  After thinking about this for a while I came up with the idea of asking the guys (mostly husbands of the ladies coming) if they would be willing to be waiters and servers and bartenders for the evening. The guys were thrilled to be surrounded by so many ladies and happily agreed!!  It was a fun filled evening with drinks, food, plenty of laughter and good cheer. Continue reading Summer Garden Ladies Evening