Still Going On About Apples

I am happy to report that I made the apple pies for Thanksgiving this year from the apples from my own tree.  My son and family hosted and cooked the main meal, it was as always a stupendous feast.

The apples came from a tree that was a first year seedling, the year we moved here to our deserty abode in 1976.  I nurtured this little seedling until it is now a 25 foot tree.  I always heard that seedling apple trees rarely have tasty apples.  There was a large seedling apple at my Mom’s place (long gone now) in Bend, just a block from the Third Street And Franklin Street Safeway  and it lived up to the myths of not very tasty apples.  But my tree’s apples are excellent, a yellow delicious type.  They were not a total suprise, because I had one or two apples a while back.  But after 29 years, this apple tree finally fully fulfiled her mission of reproduction and had a full crop of apples and made a delicious pie. 

I went to John Day today.

What a beautiful trip.  That is one of my favorite drives, through Prineville and over the Ochochos through Mitchel, Picture Rock Canyon, Dayville, Mount Vernon and John Day.  You can stop at the Painted Hills and Sheep Rock, sections of the John Day Fossel Beds for astounding views and great litte museums.  John Day has the Kam Wah Chung museum, a tiny little Oriental outpost, home and office of Doc Hay, a famous Chinese doctor that practiced there for many years.  We got quite a nice lunch at the Outpost in downtown John Day, and on the road to Canyonville, there are a couple of fun antique shops.

Glenna Lange and I are going to take a tour class there for Central Oregon Community Education Department. in May sometime.  This was our pretrip.  We will go on a bus and we will stop at Sheep Rock and John Day at the Kam Wha Chung museum.  We will talk a lot about plants we see on the way, eating and healing with the wild plants.  It will be fun.

I have another class coming up soon that I teach through COCC Community Education.  On November 12, Saturday, 9 to 4 is Gardening Under Cover.  Register with the COCC office.




I have been a bad blogger and have not been keeping up.  Darn!  But I do need to show you my apples.  A first time event.


Rabbit-brush is blooming now

Rabbit-brush is one of the dominate shrubs of the juniper-sagebrush country, and is a bright splash of color right now.


Green Rabbit-brush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus)


Gray Rabbit-brush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

Trying the flowers again


Here we go, I have again gained control of the picture process.


Granite gilia (Leptodactylon pungens)  These flowers open at night and are fragrant.

Mariposa lily  (Calochortus macrocarpus)

Yarrow  (Achillea millefolium)


I have made a big change in my life, I have moved real estate offices to Bend’s Home Town Realty.  I can work from my home more now, and have more time to garden and look at wild flowers.

I was having camera trouble, so have not gotten all the pictures of wild flowers that I wanted.  But my camera glitch is worked out, so here are a couple that I took pictures of this evening.

Never mind.  There is still a glitch.




The annual poppies are really getting into good bloom.  They always seem so happy.  There are a number of really good varieties that do well here in Central Oregon.  They prefer to grow from seed sown outside in either fall or spring.  Most do not like to be transplanted.

Iceland poppies are a weak perrenial, but in their good years they bloom all season, from spring to fall, and often self seed. They range in shades of yellow, orange and white.   

The Shirley poppies have white-based petals and the blooms range from white to shades of pink, orange and red. They are annual and are easy to grow from seed.  It is a cultivated version of the famous corn poppy of Flanders Field fame that is scarlet with a black center.  As the Shirly poppies self-seed, they tend to revert to that variety. 

The opium poppy, though it is supposed to be illegal to grow, I think, I have been seeing all over town, it’s ruffly and double and quite outstanding.  It seeds it’s self happily and is true to type.  I do not think that ruffuly cultivar could be the drug kind.  This is the variety of  seeds that are for culinary use.

 California poppies are another bright, colorful poppy that self-seed and has the bonus of being a native flower.

There is a perrenial version of the poppy also.  You will see them all arount town also, when they bloom in late May in brilliant oranges and some pink shades.  These can be grown from seed or you may buy plants.



Roses and Peonies

The late spring and early summer bloom all around Bend has been spectacular this year.  I don’t remember seeing the lilacs, roses, and peonies ever being quite so lush.  The peonies is my garden have certainly never bloomed better.  What fun,  Be sure to pay attention to the yards as you drive around.