Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Vines

 The sun came out for a day. Not a workday this time-why does the sun always come out when one is engaged in suitable employment in an office with no windows  ? Driving around in the vineyards with the heater directed toward the feet, parking the car in the sun where the ground is still stable and un-puddled and walking , camera in hand-it was pretty nice.   In winter our valley discards its burnished gold summer wardrobe and we see green at last. Frosty, cold, and muddy but green.

 This is the Carneros appellation ; varietals grown here prefer  the lower summer temperatures moderated by the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. This region, though only a 15 minute drive from my garden, is usually frost -free while I endure nighttime temps in the 20's and 30's. The remarkable diversity of the micro-climates in the Napa Valley facilitates both viticultural excellence and some pretty cool home garden opportunities.







6 comments:

  1. Beautiful...sweet seeing California land growing something besides houses.

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  2. Aloha KS,

    mustard season is quite colorful despite the sleeping vines...i loved visiting your blog for the first time and seeing one of my favorite winery/gardens belvedere on display - must visit again when i visit sonoma (used to live in guerneville and transplanted to puna, HI)

    look forward to visiting again. come and check out my plant blog on hawaii/travels when you get a chance :)

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  3. I love the second to the last photo. There's a slightly unreal feel to the photo. If I could paint, I would love to do a painting of this scene.

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  4. Aloha Noel ! Thanks for coming over. An interesting transition from Sonoma Cty to HI..I have in fact visited your blog and will add it to my blogroll. I enjoyed your Mendo pics !

    Hoov, we have stringent zoning here intended to protect agriculture, for which I am daily grateful.

    Marlene, I wish there had been time to take y'all out to Carneros last summer, and thank you for the thumbs-up..like that 365 thing you're doing !

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  5. Kathy, look at this book cover:

    http://www.ucpress.edu/img/covers/isbn13/9780520265332.jpg

    I want the person who painted that cover to paint your photo for me!

    And thanks for the thumbs up on the 365 project!

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  6. What the hell Marlene, take a painting class ! Bet you could do it ...

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