Time and Temp


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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


Late Summer in the Garden

Late Summer in My Garden

My garden exploded with color this late summer and I’m out in it every morning. I enjoy the rising temperature as the fog lifts and fades. I want to burst into song and sing John Denver’s “Sunshine on my Shoulders Makes me Happy”. But I don’t. My neighbors may not share my enthusiasm for the morning hours.

The hens join me, clucking and scratching around my feet as they dine on juicy grubs, earwigs, and weed seeds that are exposed. I’m able to let them “free-range” now that the Labradoodles are a mature 2 years of age. The dogs consider the hens curious creatures, but requiring too much effort to chase down, pluck, and debone, when kibbles are so available.

I’ve been patrolling the garden each morning for green-spotted cucumber beetles. I’ve put hundreds of notches in my belt.

We’ve had more than our share of bird visitors this year. Several families of yellow finch nested nearby, along with the usual sparrows, finch, juncos, bushtits, jays, towhees, woodpeckers, crows, and doves. Hummingbirds buzz by my ears letting me know their feeder is empty. Coveys of quail scurry through the garden with little ones in tow. How tiny and vulnerable the chicks are, and how vigilant their parents.

Our sly neighborhood fox has been cruising but we haven’t seen her kits yet this summer. The vultures soar high overhead as the fog lifts, occasionally leaving a “Jackson Pollock” creation on our deck. I hose it off and continue my morning stroll, coffee in hand.




I recently wrote this in my gardening column in The Cambrian. People seemed to enjoy it so I’m sharing it with you.

4 comments to Late Summer in the Garden

  • Joy

    I’m not sure if you would be offended by this question…..do you know anywhere on the central coast where you can purchase a chicken that is still alive that will slaughter and pluck it for you?

  • Lee

    I’m not offended! I think it would be a great idea to have a local place where you could get fresh chicken. I’m sorry, I haven’t heard of any place around here that does that sort of thing but I’ll pass it on if I do! Good luck!

  • Molly

    I’m getting married in Paso Robles on September 28, 2013 and I’m doing my own flowers. I’m trying to research what the best seasonal flowers are for that time in that area, as I would like to source them locally. We may even do some herbs on the tables. I love your “Blooming February” and “Harvesting February” sections. Do you have sections like that for September I could take a look at?

    Thanks so much!

  • Lee

    What a lovely idea Molly. I unfortunately broke my hip a couple of weeks ago and am in the hospital. I’ll try to think of some flowers that are blooming in the late summer here and pass it on to you. I’m learning how to use my computer from my temporary residence so am having a bit of trouble keeping up. I hope to be home by the mid-April. Best of luck. Lee

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