Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Scenes from Our Backyard Garden

In our miniscule amount of free time, both Jenny and I have been working on our garden. Jenny planted a new flower bed of mostly purple flowers, and I planted tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant peppers and strawberries. I'm also growing a number of sunflowers from seed, in addition to the blueberry bush we inherited from the prior owner of the house.

Of course, every weekend we’re weeding the garden to keep things neat. Now I just have to start spreading some mulch. Check out the pics below.

On Raised Bed #1, there are two tomato plants on the right, and one zucchini on the left

On Raised Bed #2, there are two strawberry plants on the right, and pepper and eggplants on the left. The wire baskets are there to deter the squirrels.

Jenny's new purple flower garden bed

The rear porch has a new topiary plant

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Day at the Filoli Estate

Last month, we had the pleasure of visiting the Filoli Estate and Gardens in Menlo Park. The Filoli Estate was once owned by the founders of the Matson shipping empire, who developed a huge garden that surrounds a gigantic mansion. We toured the house, but the highlight was the garden that the boys enjoyed immensely.

One of the rooms featured a display of nautical items from the Roth family, the founders of the Matson shipping company

Our first view of the Filoli gardens

There must have been a million tulips at Filoli

Russell checks out some irises

The Brewster Boys take at break from touring Filoli Gardens