Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer orchard tour

My garden-orchard is constantly changing.  Whenever I  think I am done with planting trees, there is always one more thing to plant. Now, I've realized I should accept that I will never be done with the garden. There is always something to add or delete. I've decided that I have enough fruit trees (over seventy) in the orchard. Now my goal is to add a few flowering trees in the orchard to bring color in the spring and summer. In the fall, the ripening fruit provides plenty of color in the orchard.

Summer is the most exciting time in the garden. Everything looks so luscious!

This is the site from the side entrance



Fig tree is filled with candy striped figs








This particular apple tree never fails to produce a bumper crop year after year.


Jujubes


This corner is filled with avocados to the left, bananas, strawberry guavas and papayas






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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Obsessing over David Austin Roses

Well, from time to time my obsession changes with plants. At the moment, I am obsessed with David Austin roses. I love them for their visual appeal and for their aroma. All of my arbors are filled with these beauties. I think my garden has been enhanced with the addition on these roses. Whenever I am in the garden, I gravitate towards the intoxicating aroma of these old-fashioned roses. If you have never tried growing them, give it a try. You will see why I am addicted to these roses. 

  











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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Alstroemerias galore!

Gardens are living things, constantly changing the color pallet through out the year. Every season I have different flowers that are blooming in the garden. Most of the protea bushes are taking a break and roses are done their peak, now that alstroemerias are at their peak. Different colored alstroemerias are blooming throughout the garden in pink, purple, white, red and gold. My favorite color is gold.

Vibrant gold colored alstroemerias cheer me up every time I walk by this part of my perennial garden.  It is hard not to smile when looking at them.





My entrance table showcases what is at peak in the garden



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Desgning and planting a kitchen garden

Spring is the most exciting time in the garden for me. It is the time to design and plant my kitchen garden. In southern California, we get to start the kitchen garden in March itself. How wonderful is that! 
As I always say, a good garden begins with good soil. It is very important to improve the soil before planting. I mixed the soil with homemade compost. The second most important thing is to rotate the crops. That is the reason I maintain a journal so that I won't plant the tomatoes in the same bed for the next three years. 

Kale and arugula 


I like sit at the patio table with a cup of tea to plan the garden


I have a triangular plot for the kitchen garden. In that plot, we built sixteen raised beds. A lot of planning goes into designing the kitchen garden. With sixteen raised beds, I still feel like I don't have enough space to grow everything I want to.


All cool weathered crops are thriving at the moment.

Cucumbers 


Swiss chard



Perennial Ivy gourd


Tomatoes




Zucchini






 Hot peppers

Colored peppers


Beets


Moringa Tree


Curry leaf plant


Part of the kitchen garden



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's day table

Mother's Day is around the corner. It is time to nurture the nurturer. My Mother's Day table is set in the garden with my favorite David Austin roses centerpiece.


















David Austin roses not only look good, they smell divine. Now I have a rule in the garden: if I have to replace any rose or vine in the garden, it is only with David Austin roses.








For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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