How do they miss half-an-inch?
Now we have nothing but "unsettled" weather in the forecast. I see we had more rainy days after the 22nd last January too.
So winter returns to California.
Here's the thermometer I bought last month to record the min/max temperatures in the last 24 hours. It has two parts, one part goes outdoors, and one part stays indoors. The outdoor part transmits a temperature reading to the indoor part by radio wave every 5 seconds. The top number is the current outdoor temperature, and the bottom number is the temperature in the garage. Currently it's 53 outdoors, and 60 in the garage.
The maximum outdoor temperature in the last 24 hours was about 62.
The minimum outdoor temperature in the last 24 hours was 50.
No dramatic changes in the garden since I last talked to you two days ago.
But the weight of the rain has the bamboo weeping nearly to the ground. I may have to prune it or take out a few stalks.
(Yeah, I have a garbage can in my garden right now. The potato vines were getting really long and I didn't have anything to stack them in. So I cut the bottom out of an old kitchen garbage can and plopped it on top. Then I filled it halfway up with compost. More potatoes? I hope so. Next time I need something better than a garbage can tho'. This is a fabulous Bernal Heights estate garden and I cannot have my potatoes stacked in a garbage can.)
Daffodil flowers, coming soon.
Hopefully lots of them.
And Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' is right on the cusp.
Do you see the purple pot?
I believe that's an artichoke.
It's what grew from this mystery "bulb" I found in the compost bin a few weeks ago. I discarded an artichoke from the garden two years ago. Has it been sitting in there ever since?
I added gravel to the cobblestone paths recently. New gravel and recent rain always give the place a nice, fresh look. Over here I even banked a bed that was slowly sliding into the path.
I turned the Christmas tree into mulch.
A few things wait patiently for warmer days, like larkspur seedlings.
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita).
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Psyche Mix'--the double-flowering form.
And even some nasturtium (Trapaeolum majus) to make the vegetable garden more...folksy, I guess.
Next week I start tomato and squash seeds for a March 15 planting date.