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Persimmons and Plumerias

I love persimmons. But I won’t buy them. My mom has a persimmon tree and I try to make it up north (a 6- 8 hour drive) during persimmon season but I don’t always make it. Some years she ships me as many as can fit in a priority mail large box. Last fall my parents came to visit during a brief spell when California loosened up a bit of the stay at home policies. And they brought me some. My mom’s persimmons rarely (if ever) have seeds in them. Probably because we eat them before the seeds form.

Later in the season, my daughter’s friend brought over a huge bag of persimmons that I shared with some of my friends. Her persimmons were much smaller than my moms. They were still very good. And they had a lot of seeds. Each one. So the first couple of persimmons I ate, I saved the seeds, wrapped it in wet paper towel and put it in a plastic bag. The date was 12/19/2020 and put it away. I forgot about it.

The other day, my hubby found a plastic bag and was about to throw it away when he noticed the seeds sprouted. And when I opened it up, I had 5 seeds germinated.

Persimmon trees

This was the urgent planting I had to do over the weekend during the brief bit of sunshine instead of quilting staycation.

Since I was out I cleaned up a bit in the garden and poked around at my plants. To my amazement, one of my plumeria stalks had this…

plumeria 1/31/2021

I’m not a well versed gardener and I just dabble taking the easy way whenever something comes up. Anyway, my friend Rosemary, has a lot of plumerias as well as orchids. Last summer, she gave me 5 stalks of plumeria and I planted them in containers because we were planning on moving. Anyway, 3 survived and this is one of them. I had no idea what this thing was so I sent this picture to Rosemary who said it’s a flower head! OMG. I’m so excited. Hopefully it continues growing. We’ve had a lot of rain and cold temperatures lately. Nothing like what is experienced elsewhere in the US but in my part of California, colder and rainier than what I’m used to.

I love having a little garden and planting in my life again. My family has gifted me numerous fruit trees and plants. I have a java banana tree, meyer lemon tree, mexican mango, calamansi, cherimoya, brazilian guava, and atis (sugar apple). Most of these were grown from seed by one of my aunts and I will not see fruit for a long time. But it’s a fun thing to have. I want to get blueberries and strawberries planted soon. 🙂



Tuesday’s Simply Living

Quilting Raining Cats and Dogs 4/26/2016

Quilting Raining Cats and Dogs

Happy Tuesday!  I started quilting Raining Cats and Dogs.  And in the process, I found PUCKERS in my batting.  Puckers!  🙁  I found 2 very bad spots.  The first pucker I found was in the middle lower part and it was REAL bad.  I couldn’t leave it in.  I figured I could still quilt the top half and then unbaste the lower half and smooth the pucker.  But then I found a small pucker at the very top of the quilt.  I was so frustrated last night and then CP3 got injured and my Clippers lost.  It was a bad night. 🙁  So very sad.  I’d already quilted the top border and other parts but I hadn’t yet quilted all 4 borders so I picked out the basting for the top row of the quilt and then smoothed out the pucker and pinned.  I’ll machine quilt all the straight lines with my walking foot.  Then I”ll undo the 2nd row, smooth out the pucker that starts in the middle lower part of the 2nd row, pin and quilt.  I believe I didn’t smooth out the batting very good when I loaded everything onto the frame to baste this.  I guess I was rushing to get it done.  In the meantime, here’s the status of my garden:


Strawberries are doing well.  I thought I took a better picture but I didn’t.  I was able to harvest 1 little sweet strawberry from above.  I shared it with the hubby.


I’ll probably be able to harvest another one today.  🙂  It wasn’t very hot yesterday but I’m finding I have to water every day.

img_0156We planted onions last week.

milk thistle

milk thistle

The Milk Thistle is growing well.  They look pretty weird.  Can you see the middle leaves.  They are kind of pokey and rough looking.

img_0155The basil is not doing well.  I guess the 2 days in the 90’s a week or so ago really killed off the little seedlings except the one growing above.  I’m going to plant more seedlings when I get a chance.


Our tomatoes are looking good.  It gets dry fast so I have to keep watching and watering it every day to make sure its getting enough water.  I can’t wait to have my own garden grown tomatoes again.  I forgot to take pictures of the potatoes but it’s overrun.  I need to split them up.   I hope to get to that sometime in the next week.

In the meantime, I’ll be quilting and unbasting. 🙂

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Got my tomatoes planted!

Yesterday was a wonderful day for eating.  For his birthday, the boy had waffles for brunch and his favorite dinner, rib eye steak grilled by his dad.  Me and the girl enjoyed ourselves too.  The little ones are growing up fast.  Despite the food and other errands ran, all the boy really wanted to do was play his favorite video game.  He didn’t spend all day playing (we had errands) but he was able to get some good game time in.  That allowed me to go to yoga, plant my tomatoes and start the binding on Scrapitude!

Scrapitude trimmed just needs a binding on it 3/16/2016

just needs a binding on it

I had a hard time finding my binding supplies.  I remembered seeing the little bag of stuff out and about and then me putting it away so I won’t lose it.  That was last week.  All weekend I kept looking for it and couldn’t find it.  I was VERY frustrated.  Finally, yesterday, I looked in a box, that I looked at a million times before but suddenly, my little binding supply bag was in that box.  Of course, right?  Well, thank goodness because I was finally able to get the binding started!

Scrapitude Starting the binding 3/21/2016

Starting the binding

And here are some pics of the garden getting started.  It felt good after 2 years of not gardening to play with dirt again. I can’t wait to see these start to come up.

The potatoes planted 3/21/2016

The potatoes planted

I don’t want to put these in the ground so I’m keeping the tomatoes in the half barrell.  I plan to put sticks all around and wrap string around them to keep them from going out.  I’ll do that part as they start getting bigger.

The tomatoes planted 3/21/2016

The tomatoes planted

And I started something new.  We’ll see if it works.  I’ve been seeing a bunch of different ways to grow strawberries on Pinterest and I always thought they looked cool.  I’m never too sure they will work so we found some old closet hanger shelve thingies lying around (the official name for those things) and for this one I planted strawberries on the top and the third baskets.  The plastics and boxes lining the baskets have holes in them.  I don’t know what I’m doing so we’ll see how it turns out.  I’ve only grown strawberries in the ground so I’m experimenting here.  If it works, I may plant more stuff on the 2nd and the 4th shelf.  I also have a second hanging closet thing that I’ll pull out and use for herbs or something.  I’ll take any advice from gardeners! 🙂

Strawberries 3/21/2016


And since we’re talking about gardening right now, here’s my lazy composting bins:


These were here when we moved in and the dirt inside the pots were dry and rocky and half full if memory serves.  So, I dumped old coffee grinds in them every morning and the veggie pieces that get thrown away, egg shells, etc.  The dirt is nicer now with worms and other insects.  I toss the contents around and try to cover all the new stuff with the dirt.  It’s my lazy way because I don’t want to buy real compost bins again only to leave them when we move again.  I think I’ll dump new stuff in one container and let the other one compost completely so it will be ready to move into another barrel when I’m ready to plant again.

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