Bouquets to Art. What a novel idea! Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it. But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016
Every April there is a plant sale called Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market. This is a plant fair for garden lovers. Hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of plants, gardening tools, and accessories can be found at this fair. But what they are mostly coveted for is their selection of vegetable seedlings that the Master Gardeners program sells at this fair. Continue reading Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market
Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked. Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta
It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves. The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks. I’m ready for the spring flower show!
And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants. Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.
The easiest bulbs to grow, freesias are spectacular spring bulb flowers just like daffodils. These bulbs are small, but the flowers are stupendous. They come in a rainbow of colors and have the sweetest fragrance. Freesias epitomize the ultimate cottage style flower. Freesias grow freely under any conditions. They do well planted in shade, a sunny spot, and even in pots. Continue reading Freesias
What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit. When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees. Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well. Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center. Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden. Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees
Daffodils are in bloom everywhere in the Bay Area right now. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Sometimes they even start blooming earlier in January – February depending on the weather.
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
2015 was the first year we had a veggie patch. And we planted tons of veggie plants. It was loads of fun for all of us to watch the plants grow and produce a boatload of vegetables. We even hosted a couple of veggie picking parties with our cousins. Here are a few pictures of our veggie picking party. Continue reading Veggie Picking with the Family
After a month of planting seedlings and new veggie plants we finally saw the fruits of our labor. To celebrate our inaugural bounty of veggies, we had an evening of wine and cheese up in the veggie patch. Here are the pics. Continue reading Celebrating the First Harvest from our Veggie Patch