Posts Tagged ‘banana belt’

Naked Lady 1

Every August, clusters of pink, funnel-shaped flowers on erect, naked stems fill the air with a sweet bubble gum smell. The leafless stems give this gorgeous flower its common name: Naked Lady. The botanical name is Amaryllis belladonna and the plant is native to South Africa, yet widely cultivated in California and other parts of the world. We only have a handful of them scattered on the hillside, but I look forward to their beauty and fragrance every year.

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The Early Girl tomatoes are the smallest specimen I’ve ever seen, but they are super flavorful. I guess it’s just too dry, even though the drip irrigation is on every day. The cherry tomatoes are doing OK and also very flavorful and sweet. We got a decent plate full of tomatoes


which turned into a great tomato salad for dinner.




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We woke up to the sound of rain on Sunday morning – so welcome and soothing! The water exaggerated the colors and smell of fall. Redwood duff covered the driveway and deck. The persimmon tree had turned partly pink and the first persimmons had turned orange.Hachiya persimmons

By 10 or 11 am, the sun had come out and started to dry everything, the wonderful forest smell was still lingering, though. We split and stacked a bunch more fire wood getting ready for the cozy, staying-inside season.

wood pileAfter we stopped making all that noise with the chain saw, split ax, throwing logs around, I noticed one of my favorite qualities of Enchanted Meadows, the quiet. It had been too long since I was up here appreciating the silence, the peacefulness. This will always be one of my favorite places to be.

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ocean viewEnchanted Meadows once again earned its name this weekend: sun, 80 degrees, clear ocean view, and birds chirping all around us. It truly is the banana belt. The persimmon tree foliage is turning orange and pink and created a beautiful warm contrast against the cool green and blue colors of the forest, ocean and sky. Soon all the leaves will drop only to expose the fruit on the tree.

John surfed Moat Creek both days and without any hesitation said it was great – not a common comment – South swell, six foot, head high, glassy.

Thank you, Enchanted Meadows for recharging us!

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When you live in deer country, you don’t plant roses. But when you inherit a rose that has grown for a decade or more in deer country, you are in awe. This climber, which I think is a Cecil Brunner- even though the flowers seem bigger- is one on my favorite survivors in the redwood forest.

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Beautiful warm sunny weekend! The irises are budding; the first ones are showing off their blues and purples.

We finally got some plants and seeds in the ground! April 14 is the latest start we ever had. The ground was soaked from the last rains and hopefully that moisture will provide a good start for the tomatoes, beans, carrots, shallots and squashes. Please grow! The sun is doing its part.

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If you are looking for an excuse to go to Mendocino next weekend, January 20-22, is it! The Mendocino Crab & Wine Days celebrate everything we love about the North Coast: seafood, mushrooms, good wine, to name a few. See a whole list of activities and events here.

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Oh, how I needed my Enchanted Meadows fix after two very brief visits in the last two month! I got it this weekend and the banana belt proved how it got its name – 80 degrees in the shade, I could see white caps on the ocean, but could feel barely any wind at the house. Heaven!

The hummingbirds, butterflies and bees were just as happy to indulge in the heat, sucking nectar of the Mexican sage, kniphofia and lavender. I planted cuttings from the gigantic kniphofia in front of the downhill  cabin and they are blooming for the first time. Will they get that gigantic?

Our sickly plum tree produced more fruit than I have seen. It just wants to live, as one of our gardening friends said. We missed most of the plums- I hope our guests took advantage! – but we harvested the last ones and they are delicious!

Plums, zucchini, squash and peas

The persimmon tree is bigger than ever and setting lots of fruit. I hope it won’t drop it all like last year.

And last but not least, the tomatoes are kicking butt. Remember the  picture I posted after I planted them? Look at them now! I think we will have some tomatoes this year!

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