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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

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which turned into a great tomato salad for dinner.

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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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white bearded The word Iris means rainbow in Greek referring to all the different colors of this beautiful genus of flowers. There are some 300 species of Irises. The ones in our garden seem to really like it at Enchanted Meadows. The white bearded Irises’ subtle, sweet scent embraced the downhill lawn area – so pleasant.

The blue Dutch Irises looked royal and graceful. I adore orchids and freely admit that I think they are the most beautiful flowers in the world, but there are no true blue orchids. Maybe that’s why I am in awe of these blue beauties.

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Is there a superlative for ultimate? I am searching for words that describe how deeply honored and touched I am by a beautiful couple who got married at the house. Their trust that it would be an appropriate place for such a momentous occasion is so humbling and heart-warming, it still brings tears of joy to my eyes.

Here is their most ultimate review:

“My husband and I got married at Enchanted Meadows. This was our first stay here; we chose Enchanted Meadows for our small, intimate wedding based on the VRBO reviews and Katrina’s blog. We were looking for a setting that was serene, beautiful, and comfortable for us and our three friends — we were not disappointed. In fact, is was absolutely PERFECT: a view of the ocean, redwoods (including a cathedral of redwoods just feet away from the house), stars, hummingbirds, and a well-equipped kitchen. Katrina’s warmth was evident during our phone conversations, as well as in the general ‘feel’ of the house. We are so glad we chose Enchanted Meadows for our special weekend — it is TRULY a magical and unforgettable place, and we are looking forward to planning future visits.”

Josie and Will, I wish you a life full of love and happiness! Thank you so much making Enchanted Meadows part of it.

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My favorite spot at Enchanted Meadows

March 4 and it’s 75 degrees! You are not supposed to be walking around in shorts and a tank top this time a year, but I was.

I started preparing the beds. Time to plan what to plant: tomatoes, carrots, squash, peas, maybe some beets this year? The artichokes I planted last year are thriving and should produce this year.

The plum tree is flowering and so are a handful of daffodils. The irises are popping up and should display their glory shortly. The cherry will soon show off its pink flowers. Welcome early Spring!

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Area open to the public south of the light house

We went out to the Point Arena light house on Saturday morning. The air was clear and crisp which made all the colors and shapes come into focus. We did spot a whale spout, probably one of the last gray whales going south to Baja, Mexico. The Mendocino Coast has a way of mesmerizing you any time of the year.

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Thank you for staying at Enchanted Meadows! John and I wish you all the best for 2012, especially health and happiness.

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