Music Amongst the Trees

HOME & GARDEN by Kimberly Childers •

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Occasional yellow leaves slowly drift down, down, down sometimes tangling in silken spider webs. Orange crocosmia blooms fill tall glass vases, bringing flower gardens inside this floriferous August. Glimpses of black- headed, bright yellow-orange Oriole sipping cool water from the birdbath, only here for sum- mer, building nests in suburban Palm trees, migrating back to South America in fall. Even though we would like to prop up our feet, there is always something to do here in para- dise! Sipping garden drinks of crushed raspberry with fresh

lemon wedges in sweetened water topped with blue borage flowers. Check out Amy Stew- art’s The Drunken Botanist, the plants that create the world’s greatest drinks. And The Cock- tail Garden, Cocktails for Ev- ery Season by Ed Loveday, stunning illustrations by world renown, Adriana Picker. Per- fect recipes for summer drinks using plants, flowers, herbs and more. Try this with colorful calen-

dula flowers: gather a big bas- ketfull, gently wash them, dry them, pack in a pint jar, soak in almond oil for a month. Strain through cheesecloth and blend

with melted beeswax for a healing salve. Experiment this summer! Use ice cube trays to hold and freeze garlicky pesto to save for de- licious pasta dishes on dark winter days. It’s time to con- coct amazing chutneys, dill pickles, kim- chi and other fermented veg- etables of all kinds that are so-o-o-o good for you!

Are you suf-

fering from To- mato mania?!

So many fruits and vegetables to harvest right now and what to do with them all, eating, canning, freezing, dehydrating and giving them away to lucky neighbors and friends. Summer is such a wonderful time! In the garden you’ll still want to deadhead, feed and mulch plants. Turn your compost pile

Early August is the time to plant for a second harvest! Start seeds of cabbage, brussels sprouts, bush and pole beans, cucumbers, cauliflower and lettuce. Try planting seeds of Dwarf Siberian kale, Blooms- dale spinach and don’t forget flowers like snapdragon, alys- sum, cornflower, calendula,

too. It’s a great time to shop for colorful new plants because ev- erything is blooming, no guess- ing here! You decide.

poppies and varieties you for- got to plant last spring.

If you are still looking for a few California natives try cheerful


Eyed Grass, sisy- rinchium. Ephem- eral blossoms of blues or


yellow bloom on the different vari- eties. Plant these grassy, iris family relatives in bor- ders, pathways and meadows to return year after year, more and more. Create a delightful thicket of them! Look for

the many colorful and unique varieties of Lewisia commonly called Bitterroot, named after Meriwether Lewis, an explorer who found the species in 1806. Happily growing on cliffs and rock gardens.

How about Catalina Per- fume, Ribes viburnifolium? This evergreen currant can be- come a groundcover or staked growing three to five feet tall. Tiny clusters of maroon flow- ers and reddish stems have a spicy fragrance. They produce very small, orange-red fruits 1/8 inch wide.

Consider planting sugary pinkish-red Hummingbird sage and all the ‘bee friendly’ sages. Citrus scented Western mock orange,

or evergreen Bush

Anemone also citrusy with white flowers and pronounced yellow centers.

Native pens-

temons like orange-red Scarlet Bugler can be planted in im-

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