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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Garden chronicles, the orchard~

It's been thirty years since I planted an orchard, today felt like Christmas when I added over a dozen more varieties of fruits, some I never even heard of. With level land I can't wait to harvest buckets full of goodness in the years to come!







I use my blog like a reference library, recipes I love, moments in time I enjoy and now recording my garden layouts so five years from now I can check back to see which cultivars names worked out the best. 28 years ago I planted a pluiot, no one had even heard of them, today you can buy them by the box full at Costco. As exotic as pluiots were decades ago, now spelled pluots, but I am old school, I had that same wild thrill today adding aprium, nectaplums and pluerrys. While the rest of the country is freezing, I have been planting on the dry days between the rain, flighty to enjoy our first springs rewards.


Nestled around the barn I surrounded the area with fruit~

Row one...
Bartlett pear
Comice pear
Comice pear
Red Bartlett sensation
Asian pear housi
Sugar twist pluerry
Kadota fig
Brown Turkey fig
Panache tiger fig
Black mission
Pomegranate 

Row two...
Satsuma plum
Pluiot flavor supreme
Santa Rosa plum
Existing old apricot
Flavor queen pluiot
4 way pluiot
 White splash
 Green geopride
 Blue emerald drop
 Yellow flavor grenade
Fuyu persimmon
Arctic star white nectarine
Honeycrisp apple
Golden delicious apple
Bing cherry
Royal Rainer cherry

Row three...
Blenheim apricot
Old apricot
Leah cot aprium
Goldmine nectarine
Fantasia nectarine
Spice zee nectaplum
Granny Smith apple
Gala apple
Beverly hills apple
Patio cherry
Black tartarian
Black tartarian

Front areas
Hychiya persimmon
Black walnut
Old apple tree
Pomegranate wonderful 2
brown turkey fig 2
Myer lemons 7

Courtyard
Navel orange
Myers lemon

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

garden chronicles...

new house, new garden, new year, I have a new canvass I am dying to paint! Over the holiday week we hit the nurseries and began laying the bones for our new acreage. I was able to snip a few bits of berries and greens for christmas, but my old garden was/is eden, I have a very full pallet to recreate!
we have big views, from the snow capped sierras sunrise in the front...



to expansive sunsets in back that make me think of purple mountains majesty~





 and now, new beginnings ...






~planted in the last few weeks~

alberta spruce 5
anthony waterer spirea 6
Apples 4
apricot
Arizona cypress
baileys acacia 2
boston ivy 6
bradford pear 15
Budlelia 2
Cherries 3
Clematis 2
coral bark maple
Deodor 4
evergreen pear 2
Floral carpet rosa splash 5
gingko
green giant thuja 64
Hydrangea 8
italian cypress 10
japanese maple
lawsons cypress 6
lions tail
liquid amber 4
moon glow juniper 38
myers lemon 7
Nectarine 2
october glory maple
olive tree 3
Pears 3
Persimmon 2
pin oak
pink oleander 4
Pluiot 2
plum
plumbago
Pomegranates 2
purple robe
raywood ash
red hot poker 36
red maple 2
red sunset maple
Redwood 24
redwood silver 3
Rosemary 18
salvia luecantha 5
shirotae cherry 4
skyrocket jumiper 10
star magnolia
Swanes golden Italian cypress
trident maple
Tupelo 3
turkish brown figs 2
variegated box elder
variegted hydrangea 6
viburnum spring boquet 18
walnut
white dogwood 4
willow oak
yellow thuja 3
yoshino cherry
yuletide camelia

Monday, January 1, 2018

Reading goals 2018

GOAL 250

(200 books I own...)


My goodread reviews
my library thing

K's read 700/506

Oldest


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10

Really want


1 the little old lady that broke all the rules
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10

A to Z





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Arcadia
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Audio


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20

Garden








1 cut flower garden
2 outstanding American gardens
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Landscaping for privacy
Right rose, right place
Layered garden
Gardenista
Understanding garden design
A seed is sleepy
A nest is noisy
An egg is quiet
A butterfly is patient

Historical fiction









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20

Non fiction






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10

Road trips



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10

Summer/ chicklit books






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10

Thrillers
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Watery




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Christmas










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Winter



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10

a book with a season in the title
Vanishing season

a book about an immigrant or refugee
queen of america

a book you didn't think you would like
White bodies

a book with multiple authors
The wife between us

a novel set during wartime
Code girls

a book that takes place over a characters life time
They Immortalists

a book with a red cover
The music shop

an audio book
dark flood rising

A book set in the wilderness
After the fire

a book about an interesting woman
Loving Eleanor

a book with a story in the story
seeds of revenge

a book with an unreliable narrator
The woman in the window

A book with a single word title
Alone

a book by or about a person with a disability
Last black unicorn

a book from a genre you never read
Genius plague

an espionage thriller
The secrets of the secret service

a book about a difficult topic
Method 15/33

a book with a subtitle
Self inflicted wounds
Heartwarming tales of epic humiliation

 book published in 2018
Afterlives

a book with pictures
On Garden style

a book that makes you smile
A Victorian garden dictionary

a book recommended by a stranger
Far from the tree

a book that's been mentioned in another book
Little old lady who struck lucky again!

a book set in two time periods
Peculiar ground

a book with the main character a different ethnicity than you are
The never open desert diner

a book involving a mythical creature
Beasts of extraordinary circumstances

a book set in California
Eyes wide open

a book with a color in the title
Yellow wallpaper

A book recommended by a friend
The girls in the picture

a cookbook
Pretty fun
a book 
a book that's been too long on your tbr list

a book from a nonhuman perspective

a book and movie you read and saw

a book of letters

a best seller from 2017

a book written by someone you admire

a book recommended by a librarian

the first book in a series

a nyt best seller

a book based on mythology

a book over 600 pages

a book with a cat on the cover

a book you loved as a child

a book with a title that is a characters name

a book set in a hotel

book that becomes a movie 2018

a book with a month or day in the title

An inspirational book

a book with an eccentric character

a book with a family member in the title

A book set in...


Alaska ... Far from here
Africa
Australia
Caribbean
Egypt
Italy ... shoemakers daughter
Mexico
Spain
Switzerland
Tibet

Library books
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relax, enjoy a good bood!