Paradise

For the last week and a half I’ve been living in Paradise…..literally. Paradise, California. I’ve been staying with Mike’s mom, Dee…..my friend. I’ve gone down the hill into Chico a couple of times but didn’t take many pictures. Took care of some business. Hung out a bit with friends which was great.  Chico felt a bit odd in a way.  I think of it as my home town, but I don’t know, it just didn’t feel quite the same.  Anyway, mostly I stayed here at Dee’s. Good company.
While she was at work I happily did some gardening in her back yard. Here are some pics:

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A few “before” pictures first.  It wasn’t too bad, really.  Mike had built these boxes for growing stuff because it’s mountain soil back there and terrible for growing anything.

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It just needed some sprucing up.

 

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I’d painted the panels hanging on the fence a couple years ago.  They’re holding up pretty good.

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So, now for the “after” pictures….7

 

…..see?  Not a huge difference, but I got some seeds planted and moved a few boxes.  Dee “planted” the gazing ball and moved the decorative grasses over by the shed.

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She bought and set up a swing and a fire pit back in the corner.  A very nice place to relax.

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She put this post and wire up to support the grape vines.  I thought it was a neat idea!

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To the right is the herb garden.  There were still a few onions left from last year.  I planted lavender, sage, cilantro, garlic greens, basil and rosemary.  We’ll plant oregano and thyme sometime in the future.

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Dee wanted her orange tree planted in this box and I got carried away!  I wanted it to have a good start in its new home, so I surrounded the base of the tree with bits of brick I found around the yard.  It’ll help keep the moisture in the soil and keep the evil beasty squirrels from planting their *%#*@*$ing nut seeds around it!  I left a couple spaces for planting annual flowers here and there, too.

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Here’s a close up of the  base.

I love doing this kind of stuff.  It’s like putting a puzzle together.

 

All in all, I planted tomatoes, carrots, bush beans, hubbard squash, beets, zucchini, spinach, lacinato kale, bok choy, strawberries, the herbs, sunflowers and moonflowers.
When I think of moonflowers, I think of Mike.  I planted the sunflowers and moonflowers in the same corner.  I think it’ll make a beautiful combination.
It’s been heaven to have a place to play in the dirt…..or Paradise, as it were….  I did a little gardening at Lin’s house and a lot more here at Dee’s.  It’s been wonderful…..and speaking of wonderful….here’s Dee….

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….ain’t she cute?

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