Sunday, February 6, 2011

Spring is Just Around the Corner

In the San Francisco Bay area we have these glorious two week of spring like weather every year at the end of January or the beginning of February.  Then, the storms start up again and we have gray rainy weather on and off for most of February, March and April.  
Today, at noon, it was 76 degrees in the shade at my house.  This amazing weather in the middle of winter causes the trees to bud out.  This is a picture of my almond tree, my peach tree is also starting to develop buds.  The down side of this weather is if the trees bloom and the rains start before the bees can do their job of pollinating the flowers, we won’t get a crop of almonds, like last year.  
My primroses are blooming as well.  I love primroses because they bloom in very early spring when not much else is flowering. 

It was a day to be outdoors and to tend to the garden.  We did lots of weeding, however, I really don’t have “weeds”, I have wood sorrel.  It grows everywhere, really quickly, and can grow right over your garden pot and decorations if left unchecked.  My stone and metal cat is almost completely covered by the sorrel, you can only see it’s head.

The other early bloomer is the blueberry plants.  

I wait for this unseasonable warm weather each year and use the opportunity to plant cool weather crops like lettuces, spinach, chard, kale and peas.  I also planted broccoli and cauliflower.  Mr. RK turned our compost pile and filled my raised box with fresh compost to give the seeds an extra boost.
(there is still one lettuce plant, two chard plants and a few onions that have survived the winter so far)

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