We set out peanuts huang gua for the blue jays who entertain us while we eat lunch al fresco (outside) in the courtyard. The big shade tree is budding, about to burst with leaves, sitting in the warm spring sun through bare branches.
Last year at this time I wrote, "Spring is hurrying by-- don't miss it. Savor every breath as if it is the last spring on earth."
On May 6 I finished hooking up the drip emitters to the last potted plants and fertilized everything except the newly transplanted bonsai/penjing trees. Bruce helped install poles and netting for the edible pod peas, already a foot high, waving their tendrils around, looking for something to grab.
Walking in the neighborhood, bright orange caught our eye. "This is a partly parasitic plant called Indian Warrior, Pedicularis densiflora. Also called red lousewort. Not related to delphinium--related to Indian paintbrush. Usually grows under or near manzanita, which is its favored host plant." Many thanks to the USDA on this plant ID.
At the city park, the native dogwood trees cornus nuttallii are blooming. The Sacramento River runs through the park and many fisherman come here to fish.
So many plants bloom here the same as in Beijing. Lilac, forsythia, roses. The school flower at Tsinghua University is the redbudcercis sinensis. The redbud grows here in the Sacramento River canyon and south, cercis occidentalis.
It has been a looooong time since I have written to you, my friends. And I have so many pictures to share I will do May's blog in two parts.
See you later