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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

~My Sunset Magazine Moments~

Good Morning!!

Welcome to the view I see each morning when I look out my dining room window.
When my sweetheart and I were first married we would drive thru the beautiful homes of Menlo Park, CA. home of the Sunset Magazine publication. We would dream about the day we would have a home in California that represents the theme of California living with flowers and a garden with FRESH vegetables.
And now I think we have our version of
Sunset Magazine Gardens in our own back yard. 

I look left and I see the patio with the plant rack and the border of different plants for my enjoyment. 


August is a HOT month in the garden.  I have planted flowers that are resilient to the afternoon heat. 
The Black Eyed Susan is the work horse of my garden.
They hide all the early blooming plants as they go to seed or in the case of the roses.  Resting until the weather cools and then the roses will bloom  until the frost.  

The vegetable garden is doing great this year.  Sweetheart amended the soil with mushroom compost and the tomatoes are delivering the goods.

Love Squash~ Summer Patty and Zucchini

Question of the Day
Have you ever had fried squash flowers?

When we are so tired of eating squash for breakfast, lunch and dinner we start to eat the flowers. Yum...

Be careful of the bee!  

'Ruby Red Swiss Chard'

So delicious.  Boiled with salt, pepper and OVOO.  I think I might freeze some for winter dinners. Thrifty. Yes?

In back of the tomatoes is a row of Bell Peppers now 
I have all the ingredients for the
West Coast version of Gazpacho.

How about some Manicotti's for dinner this winter?


Dill Pickles and Cucumbers are one of the ingredients I use in
'Best Ever Gazpacho' soup

I love grapes and I'm growing one vine of
'Red Flame' for my eating pleasure.

They are just not ripe enough to eat yet.  Maybe another two weeks or so. 

I notice the birds are enjoying themselves with my grapes.   I hope I have a chance to have a few bunches.

How do you like my view?
I have a photo of this yard when we first moved into our home 43 years ago.  I plan the share that photo with you when winter sets in and I want to remember the beautiful summer days in my garden. I suppose that could be a Before and After post.
I'm joining
Cottage Flora Thursday @ Fishtail Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper

Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner today.
You are my joy!


  1. Absolutely Gorgeous Gardens!

  2. What a beatiful yard. I can only wish we have even lost our grass here in Texas.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

  3. Garden success is what I see here!!

  4. We have very similar blogs! So glad I found a new blog to follow :)

  5. Hi Betty, your garden is divine! I have had zucchini flowers for breakfast, my grandmother used to cook them when I was little and I used to love them, I can't remember the taste anymore :(
    You're so lucky to have such space for a beautiful garden!
    XXX Ido

  6. Betty, your garden is wonderful! What variety! I love your Black-eyed Susan's.

  7. Wow...I'm so in love with your veggie garden! They are so healthy and delishus looking. Love the colors too! Happy Thursday!

  8. So curious how you keep your grass so green! everything looks so lush & happy in your gardens...i pulled my black eyed susan out everwhere as it was taking over at rapid speed! yours is gorgeous! thanks for sharing your link over at Fishtail Cottage's garden party! oxox, tracie

  9. A Sunset Magazine Garden for sure! Your veggie garden is wonderful! Your garden is a delight where ever you look! I'm sure it's been lots of work and a labor of love. Thanks for the tour! Have a delightful week.

  10. What a beautiful garden post! You have a green thumb for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Your yard is so pretty. Love love the idea of the late bloomers hiding the early bloomers. I'm lucky any of mine have stayed alive this year. We just can't get rid of the heat.. xo marlis

  12. Your gardens are beautiful Betty, they look very well cared for-enjoy:@)

  13. Hi Betty
    visiting you for the first time today fro Seasonal Sundays with the Tablescaper.
    Your garden is wonderful, especially the kitchen garden!
    My swiss chard was not successful this year, too much rain I think.
    We've eaten courgettes(zucchini) every which way this summer but haven't resorted to eating the flowers yet!

  14. Hi Betty,

    What a wonderful garden you have...worthy of the Sunset Books, for sure. I especially love your flower borders and the photos of your beautiful grapes. Wow! Thanks for sharing and Happy Seasonal Sunday.


  15. Your flower garden is so attractive. I would enjoy your view too. I am so impressed with your vegetables! The chard is so pretty and healthy looking. You should be very pleased.

  16. Such gorgeous photos.

    Great to have you being a part of Seasoanl Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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