05 April 2012

Who Doesn't Adore...

..early springtime? Nicky certainly does. He gets to hang outside all day long while Mom putters around in the garden.. and even help out a little. While the rest of the country is enjoying temperatures in the 70's and 80's, we are still verrry cool and rainy here in the San Francisco bay area, so a day of sunshine is a treasure and draws me outside, abandoning all other work and projects to the garden for a few blissful hours.  I have a feeling all my clients are doing the same thing :)

hmmmm... what's this?..... a whole bag full of DIRT?  Yesssss!

Nicky and I take a break from garden chores and go for a walk
to get early springtime inspiration....first time I've worn 
sandals in a long time!

I love the early spring colors at this English cottage.. pink dogwoods,
pale green ivy and tulips of all colors, and that red maple 

really beautiful creamy camellias 

close up of the rhododendrons at the cape cod

every year Bob's fence looks like this.. stunning! I think
this is a large trumpet vine

one of my favorite homes in the neighborhood, this 1905 large craftsman
"lake house" was recently painted from dark brown overall  to
this stunning combination of mossy green with cream trim; I love
seeing the shapes of the white oaks now before leaves cover all
the branches completely

stunning peak through the rhododendrons at the cape cod on the corner

I adore this house on our walk... the ivy wall is just that color of early spring growth.. pale yellow green that later will turn to darker blue green in the summer

flowers from our garden ready for our
springtime dinner party guests

close up of our lovely wisteria

I love how the wisteria blooms before the leaves are even
out on our huge white oak trees in early spring

Nicky is also wondering what's up with our naval orange tree? doesn't look so good.. the arborist just stopped by to say we are watering it waaaay too much and not to water again until late summer... and don't plant the annuals under the tree this year... bare dirt, oh well!

back now to "le potager" * ..fennel, artichokes, lemongrass, basil, scallions, blueberries, tomatoes, spinach, arugula, lettuce, chocolate and regular peppermint, a host of herbs and a strawberry pot! I have become slightly obsessed with gardening this spring, although I have little experience except puttering around and trying things out..  it's looking good for this early in the season, non?

*  "le potager" :

a vegetable garden, grown
to feed the family (or the entire
court of Versailles!), le potager
is a smart idea in these times
of "crise" (financial downturn)

who would not want to have "un aperitif" sitting
next to this delightful potager in France?

kitchen potager for le Chateau du Rivau, Loire Valley

I adore these whimsical watercolors of vegetables and
their flowering forms from
"Dialogue avec le potager"


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  1. What a wonderful walk you and Nicky just took us all on!

    I am VERY glad you figured out what is wrong with your orange tree - bet it is super healthy for you soon.

    Have a wonderful day.

  2. Oh Kit! What beautiful photos of the gardens! And I think that your little Nicky is just too cute. BTW, the one plant you were not sure about, "this is a large trumpet vine" is actually a Brugmansia sometimes called by the common names of Tree Datura; Angel's Trumpet; Floripondio; Maikoa. A lot of people here in south Texas grow them as do people in south Florida. They are beautiful!!

  3. Looks like you and Nicky have just the right idea! Love spring! Here in Seattle I think we may be even a bit colder than our friends in the Bay Area, so I haven't yet braved the glories of spring gardening. My pots with their winter greens and pine cones mock me whenever I walk by. Saturday calls for temps in the upper 50s... maybe this weekend will be garden time! Hope yours is lovely!

  4. So green and the colours are so vivid. Unfortunately we are still in sandals and it is autumn here!
    Warm wishes

  5. My favorite topic (even more so the decorating I think) is gardening. Love the potager. Your living room looks quite pretty. Is that a coral sofa and pale yellow draperies I see behind the flower arrangement? Very welcoming. Shiree'


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