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Princess Flower


Tibouchina urvilleana: A beautiful, tropical look from an evergreen shrub with huge, exotic, deep-purple flowers that will bloom throughout summer. Its upright, open-branched habit is useful as a hedge, screen or accent. Zones 10-11: Protect from frost Light Needs: Partial to full sun Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers. Size: Up to ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Cactus ‘Exotic Dancer’


This holiday cactus was giving to us a few years ago by Marie’s sister Michelle. Holiday cactus can be grown outdoors in Sunnyvale. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) and Thanksgiving cactus are popular, fall- and winter-flowering houseplants native to Brazil, and are available in a wide variety of colors including red, rose, purple, lavender, peach, orange, cream, and white. These Schlumbergera ... Read More »

Horseradish Sauce 2018


You have got to try making your own horseradish sauce at least once. Note: This is a recipe for small households. See this link about harvesting your Horseradish. Ingredients: Horseradish root Salt (half a teaspoon or so) White vinegar (a few tablespoons) Read More »

Olive-Anchovy-Capers Tapenade


The photo does not do justify to this olive-anchovy-capers tapenade. I used Mission olives that I harvested from my folk’s backyard and then cured at home.The olives were still tasty and not deadly. From Tapenade is named after capers, called tapeno in Provençal, a remnant of the fact that they once shared equal status with the olives. Truth is, ... Read More »

Dried Hachiya Persimmons


During our Thanksgiving dinner at Shauna’s home, Linda and Brad mentioned that they had a lot of persimmons. I joked that they would ring our doorbell and leave a box of fruit. Linda corrected me: She wouldn’t ring the doorbell. They left us a box with 36 large Hachiya persimmons. Dehydrating persimmons is simple. Wash the fruit. Core the top ... Read More »

Panache Fig

panache fig sliced

In spring 2016 my brother Adam came up from southern California with a 30-inch tall Panache Fig tree from his garden that he transplanted into a 10-gallon pot. The Panache Fig (aka Tiger Fig) has a yellow and green-striped skin with a strawberry-colored flesh. Unlike our Black Mission Fig, the Panache Fig does not have a spring crop. Because it ... Read More »

This Sunnyvale Garden – October 2017


We were busy during October so there are few photos of the Sunnyvale garden during the month. The fall flowers of Mums, Rudbeckia, and Candy Corn were a bright note. The Cordyline provides a pretty red foliage year round. The last of the chile peppers were harvested. I also harvested the last of the tomatoes (all unripe) and made a ... Read More »

This Sunnyvale Garden – September 2017


September in our Sunnyvale garden is all about harvest. I planted an heirloom watermelon “Moon and the Stars” late in the spring. I love that the “Moon and the Stars” pattern is in the leaves.         At harvest time, the melon had grown over the pot to the ground about six feet away and got to about ... Read More »

Harvest Relish


It is almost Halloween in our Sunnyvale garden. The tomato, pepper and cucumber plants are just going through the motions: The tomato plant has a few flowers but there are no pollinators. The green fruit is still green. The peppers are ever so slowly turning red. The night-time lows are more often below 50 degrees than above. And it rained ... Read More »

Rice Frittata


I’m getting pretty good with these frittatas. This rice frittata uses eggs, milk, cheese, and rice with some tomato, green sauce, and spices. Each serving has the equivalent of 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cheese. The dish tastes good hot from the oven or cool from the refrigerator. Serves: 4 Time to prepare: 15 minutes Time ... Read More »