My hope is that this blog is like a visit between friends. I enjoy hearing from you and will try to reply to you in the comment section right after your comment, so stop back by and continue the conversation. - Patty

June 15, 2011

hello summer

It seems summer has finally decided to make an appearance here in Southern California. We’ve been experiencing cooler than normal temperatures all spring but we’ve managed to hit the 80 degree mark the last couple of days.


I noticed the nasturiums smiling faces on the way out to the vegetable garden this morning.


 The tomatoes have a little hint of orange to them and the pumpkin and cucumber vines have decided to make their slow crawl to flowering and hopefully, a bounty of vegetables.



Can you see my tiny little bell peppers? These and the ripening tomatoes where purchased from my local nursery. 


The pepper and tomato plants I started from seeds in early spring where just put into the vegetable patch out back last weekend. They are way behind schedule, the cooler temps have everything in a state of confusion.





Hopefully by next week I’ll have some pretty flowering pictures of my seeded larkspur, zinnia and cosmos. I can’t promise anything because the sun has been very persnickety this year and it just might decide to hide out a while longer. How’s the weather where you are?

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24 comments:

  1. I live in California too, and WOW, Was it hot today! I live in Nor-Cal where it was in the high 90's. Yes, summer has arrived, our plants are a little confused, but nature always seems to figure it out! thank you for sharing, Marcia

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  2. I like your blog. Stopped in from the hop. Am following you now and would appreciate the same. Thanks.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. The sun hasn't been in hinding here that's for sure! Congrats on your upcoming fingers crossed veggie harvest.

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  4. nasturiums have such happy little blooms. I am waiting for some seeded one to take off.

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  5. Oh I will trade you our 100's for some of your 80's. Your pictures are great...I have one tomato and the heat is already getting to the flowers...oh well, time to get into the water.
    Love your pretty pictures, so welcoming.

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  6. It's warming up this week in Northern CA. Last nights weather forecaster says we'll finally hit the 100 degree mark on the first day of summer. Spring was unusually wet and cooler than normal. It's been wonderful.

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  7. Your garden looks like it is really taking off... we have had alot of cooler than normal temps too... love your teeny little tomatoes and peppers!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  8. I love your garden. You will have to give me a tour someday. I am already picking tomatoes but yes the garden is behind this year with the cool temps.

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  9. I live in Carlsbad, and the sun's been shy this week...even drizzly this morning. Your veggie garden is looking so happy!
    -Marie

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  10. I love Nasturtium, and they attract beneficial insects to your garden...they are cute and useful!

    ciao newport beach

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  11. Hi Patty,

    Your pictures are so pretty. They make me smile. Everything looks so lush.

    Returned your sweet email.

    Barb

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  12. O how does your garden grow -- awesome to me -- even if it's a bit later then normal -- lucky and blessed you are..hugs

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  13. When I was out watering it said 110!
    Brenda

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  14. What lucky grandchildren you are to have. I never had a grandmother- if I could have adopted one, I would have wanted one just like you.

    Thank you for opening your garden.

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  15. I love how your garden is growing! It is unbelievably cold and wet here along the Washington coast. Barely 60 degrees this week for the highs...ugh.

    Visiting from Cottage Flora Thursday ~ Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  16. I found my way here from Cottage Flora Thursdays. I love the cheerful citrus and white colour scheme in this post's photos and in your blog header.

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  17. I love the cheery look of nasturtiums - am still waiting for mine to come into flower in our cooler climate. Your garden pictures are lovely. Have a happy weekend.
    Helen x

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  18. you have a lovely blog!!
    I´m follow now and come back
    have a wonderful and sunny weekend
    Astrid

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  19. Your nasturtiums are beautiful, and oh, my, to have tomatoes already turning red! Makes my mouth water! I am following you back; thanks for following me and I look forward to reading and seeing more of your home and garden projects!
    Blessings, Beth

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  20. Wow, your tomatoes are ripening already!! My peppers and tomatoes haven't even flowered yet. But then again, I am in zone 3!

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  21. Oh, I am always in awe of your gardens every time I see them! They looks so beautiful and well tended, and your vegetables are so healthy and vibrant. {And can I say again how gorgeous and inspiring your pictures are? Okay, I will! They are amazing!} Truly, it makes me want to high tail it back to Lowe's and purchase the tomatoes and peppers I walked by! It can be tricky growing tomatoes here in the Seattle area, and I always figured it would be the same with such veggies as peppers. We don't get a lot of hot sun! {And I didn't know that summer was also taking it time to come to California, too! It has been dragging its feet staying here as well!} ;)

    Thank you for the beautiful posts you write and the pictures you show us~ they are the perfect pick me up for this rainy morning, and visiting your blog always puts a smile on my face! I hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

    Blessings to you~
    Jenni

    P.S. Sorry for the comment novel here! ;)

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  22. Your garden is looking very promising. Ours is off to a good start but, the heavy rain is beating it to death and I can't thin the seedlings because it is too muddy. Hopefully the weather will get back to normal soon. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  23. Your gardens are an inspiration! Love your banner too! May your garden bless you with a wonderful harvest!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  24. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! Wishing to see some sun shine here soon! This rain has split many of my perinnials in the center ;( xoox, tracie

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