The red leaves are new growth on this Manzanita branch
A pretty meadow
One of the several faithful geysers of our great country is in Calistoga, California. It was my first geyser experience! Very fun to watch, and frankly an amazing spectacle. It truly engaged my sense of wonder around geology. Can you believe that there is that much pressure just constantly ebbing and flowing beneath our feet? Makes you feel a little insignificant–in a good way. Plus they had fainting goats and llamas. Not sure what the connection is.
A major perk of the visit was that the gift shop carried Vernors–my favorite ginger soda!! Particularly exciting was finding it in the bottle. A first.
In case you hadn’t heard. For updates on “how bad [it is]” check out the California Department of Water Resources.
I’ve had to seriously ration my bathing-for-relaxation habit. Not soothing.
On the other hand, I feel I’m doing a good part of my “part” with my lavender and gravel garden (and never watering the roses that have survived on their own probably a good half-century).
If you aren’t a big gravel person, another great option for ground cover that is both functional for A Rockridge Life and beautiful is Fragaria chiloensis, or beach strawberry. Some of my neighbors have used it in their gardens. As I was walking by today I noticed that the little guys have actually starting blooming, in spite of all the dryness:
I’m strongly considering it for the back garden that I’m currently reworking.
I’ve been reveling in the warmth of the past two weeks. So too have our fruit trees apparently. SF Citizen reports on the early flowering of our fruit trees due to the unseasonable weather. More evidence is available all over Rockridge. Here’s one early bloomer on Lawton en route to College Avenue:
It’s hard to know whether to be happy or terrified by the onslaught of pink blossoms.
Here’s to a summer of serious water rationing in California. Plant some lavender.