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September 05, 2008

Summer JAM

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This year we had a huge apricot crop and were able to make two batches of jam plus cobbler from a Gayle's Bakery cookbook and some jam from strawberries grown in a field near our house. So sweat. We also froze a bunch of apricots for future cobblers as suggested in the cookbook.

I had to post a final picture of my Lorna Lace's pinstripe socks. Finished months ago, never worn until now.

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July 13, 2008

Onion and Pumpkin

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A month aga our Pumpkin was in full glory with huge leaves and the starts of medium size pumpkins, now the leaves have all shriveled and the pumpkins are as big as they are going to get. Not as big as last year! The photo is of Onion flowers with great big Pumpkin 'Big Max' leaves. I planted green onions a long time ago and never harvested them. I enjoy the big flower balls and at then end of the season shake the seeds into the soil for more onions next year.

March 30, 2008

Sparaxis

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When you have trouble thinking of color combinations I've heard advice to 'look to nature.' These flowers are the most unlikely combination of red, pink, brown and yellow. I had to search for a while to figure out what this plant is called. The benefits of a print catalog is you can look at many pictures quickly to find what you are looking for. On the internet it is a different story. To find this I started with gladiolus because for the longest time I thought it was a hardy gladiolus but when I really looked at it tonight I noticed it is symetical all the way around not just one one axis like a gladiolus is/are. I looked at about 5 bulb company web sites before thinking maybe this is a Crocosmia. So I searched and searched for a Crocosmia that looked like this. No luck. Then I came across Tritonias that kinda of looked like these. I finally saw a fuzzy picture of a flower with the same center pattern on www.bulbsdirect.com.au which led me to Sparaxis tricolor or Harlequin flower. Finally a name for this! These flowers grow with very little care in my clay soil. At the end of the bloom i eventually cut off the dead leaves and flowers but that's it. I also came across a site that sells bulbs for warm places like So. Cal. www.easytogrowbulbs.com. One of the things that don't grow well here are Tulips. Most of the big catalogs specialize in bulbs that require a cold period that we don't get here. So to grow tulips you have to store them in the fridge for a couple of months and then plant them. Forget about reblooming next year unless you want to dig up, clean and store them in your fridge again. This fall I will try to add something to my garden that is more suited to our climate.

April 30, 2007

My neighbor's roses

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My 75+ year old neighbor has the most amazing roses. These are two of his roses that have fragrance. I love the contrast of the the super frillly pink rose and the simple 5 petal red rose.

My paper flowers are done. My little son loves to look up at them. Sometimes he giggles and sometimes it helps him burp. There are twenty flowers hanging on my living room ceiling. 10 of the ones made with petals and 10 of the fringe ones.

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Also done are a pair of socks out of Lang Jawoll cotton super wash. I expected to get one pair from a skein since I like short socks, but they were heavily cabled so they used a toe over one skein. I can make a simple pair of plain socks with the remainder of the yarn. The varigation of the yarn makes the cables hard to photograph.

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edited to add details of socks:

Yarn: Lang Jawoll Cotton Superwash 49% wool 35% cotton 16% nylon purchased Spring 2004/EBAY

Needles: Size 1 Al dpn

64 stitches. 2x2 rib. no cuff. Cable every third row. Hourglass heel. Stockinette sole and toe.

If I made them again I would cable every 4th or 5th row and continue cable through the toe.

April 02, 2007

Brazil Room Tilden Park

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We took our first Road Trip with the Baby (7.5 months) last weekend. We drove to Berkeley for a family wedding. The drive went way better than expected. He had his Grandparents in the back seat to entertain him and we tried to stop as little as possible, especially if he was asleep. The wedding reception was in Tilden park above UCBerkeley in the Brazil Room and outside were two beautiful blooming cherry trees. I'll bet the bride and groom got some great photos under these trees.