Tom’s Garden

Growing by the Bay

Month: July 2009

Photo Wednesday: Graffiti artist

Let’s head down to SoCal for a picture today. This image of an artist on Venice Beach is one of my more popular photos posted to Flickr. Why is that, do you suppose?

First tomato

We’ve had several cherry tomatoes, but this is the first full-size tomato of this summer. Always an event!

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

Since converting our swimming pool to a garden we have had a lot more wildlife around. This year two pair of kestrels have taken up residence. We also have a lot of butterflies, beas, and hummingbirds.

This caterpillar is a swallowtail. They like plants in the carrot family, and this one was enjoying a lunch of dill. Eventually he will turn into a butterfly that will look something like this.

There are a few more photos in my nascent garden set on flickr.

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Friday Roundup

Virtual NoCal

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Maltese Cross

This year our garden has been a little deficient in red flowers. An exception is the Maltese Cross, which produces large globular composite flowers. These are doing well. Above you can see them in the garden; below is a close-up (not too well focused, but it will give the idea) in a cut bouquet.

Running hot and cold

We have had weird swings this spring and summer between long chilly stretches and brief scorching temperatures.

The reason is clear: the ice caps are melting, and as a result our weather is bipolar.

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