Wine Country

Strawberry Fields Forever

Monday, August 9th, 2010

There is a strawberry field on a corner of Arnold Drive that I pass every time I visit  Sonoma.  You’ll see cars pulling in all day long for a batch of the farmer’s strawberries fresh picked that day. 

strawberries picked daily


We eat store bought strawberries all summer long, but there’s something extra special about picking your very own as they ripen in the summer sun. 

strawberry field sonoma

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Perennials on Parade

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Ten years ago, we started our landscaping with a simple lawn and some boxwood shrubs.  The next year, we planted pink hydrangeas in the front yard.  The following year, rose trees.   Slowly through the years we’ve been adding perennial shrubs and flowers to our garden.   I think gardens, like interiors, are most appreciated when their beauty is arrived at over time, don’t you ?

I’ve planted evergreen shrubs to fill in the blank spots during the winter, and I love to supplement with annuals in pots in the summer, but time and again, my perennial shrubs fill the garden with gorgeous color and scent.  Here are some of my favorite perennials putting on a show this June !

  erisimum Erisimum ‘Bowles Mauve’


hydrangea hornli Raspberry hydrangea

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