Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Lantana has been a much overlooked plant around here. But with the water shortages we experience periodically, it is well worth giving a go. It can be a real rambler, branching out in all directions and overtaking other plants in it's path. We're going to keep these trimmed as small shrubs and see how they perform along with bulbs, annuals and perennials. Not only are they drought tolerant, they're also a favorite of bees and birds.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This plant is a type of lobelia, native from British Columbia to Central America, called "Cardinal Flower". It's been a great addition to the garden. Long blooming and loved by hummingbirds, this perennial works best at the back of the border, as it grows up to 3 feet tall. Once it finishes flowering, cut it back hard and it'll be back next year, ready to bloom all over again.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It's always interesting to check periodically to see where you visitors live. This month you've come from 60 different countries. The top ten, other than the United States, are the United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Poland, France, Germany and Italy. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
A lingering layer of overcast gave way yesterday to sunny skies. Above, looking south down our coastline. Some schools are back in session as of last Monday, so the crowds are starting to thin out.
This young seagull was still getting his bearings, not quite in the groove with the rest of the flock yet. Below, looking north.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We started an afternoon of errands with take away burgers eaten on the bluff above the ocean.
It didn't take but a few minutes for the local cliff dwelling squirrels to get a whiff of the french fries and make a beeline for the source.
The pecking order was soon apparent, with the fat fellow, above, the most dominant.
While the squirrel turf war drama unfolded on shore, dolphins were swimming north, riding waves and leaping out of the water.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Pranksters have outdone themselves this time. The Cardiff Kook has gone prehistoric with a painted backdrop and dinosaur models forming a fabulous diorama. Well done!
To see earlier incarnations, click on the "coast highway" tag below.
Photograph by Pierce Kavanghvia.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My folks have been married 64 years today. They'll be over later to have dinner with us. That's one of my favorite pictures of them, above, with my sister, taken 40 years ago, just a few blocks from here. Happily, four generations of us all live within a couple miles of each other.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
A construction friend lent me his 20 pound iron breaker bar to tackle a 30 inch tree stump that's been forcing me to garden around it. We had to take the peppermint willow down some years ago, as its roots were cracking the wall beside it. The tree served us well, with arching branches that provided cool shade, screened the unsightly yard next door and strength enough for a rope swing when my daughter was a child.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In May, the Cardiff Kook, one of our local public art installations, was decked out in a formal gown and fright wig to commemorate Oprah Winfrey's last show, and more recently as the Surfing Madonna, a local art work installed without permission and removed by the city.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The alluring light last evening pulled me outside to see the flowers close up. A cluster of blossoms on the bower vine, above, growing up the arbor, turned their faces to the sun.
One of the last of the snapdragons soaked in the light and hosted a wee white spider. The color of the flower changed when leaning in close cast my shadow over it.
The yarrow, below, have clusters of tiny flowers on long stems that float airily above the shorter flowers.
The grasshopper feasting on the yarrow startled me. We took a look at each other and went our separate ways.