Even though people think we do not have seasons in California, we do. The changes are just more subtle than those elsewhere. December is a month for pruning, planting, and garden cleanup and fortunately the weather here in San Francisco has been fabulous. But there still are plenty of things that are growing. The last of the tomatoes are still on the vine and it is mid December! There is plenty of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, rhubarb, peas and herbs growing happily in the compost.
While the seasons in San Francisco may not be as dramatic as those in New England, change is evident as we finish our late Fall and early Winter gardening. In early February, we will begin to see Mother Nature’s unfolding show of color that starts with a few bright spots here and there, and then crescendos in March and April where there is color everywhere you look.
I planted this space with patches of bright red and pink “Impression” tulips (Darwin Hybrid 24” tall – early Spring) surrounded by daffodils. I’ll take a few pictures in the Spring and you will be able to appreciate nature’s beauty grows skyward.
Time for a salad. There is nothing like fresh lettuce, good olive oil, juice of one lemon picked right of the tree, and fresh herbs. I sometimes add sliced almonds and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Add some fresh baguettes and you have a feast.