Monday, May 14, 2012

Spring Cleaning and Planting in Asti

 Mother's Day weekend for us was spent de-winterizing Asti and preparing for the summer.
Since we haven't been there in weeks, the spiders, mice, lizards and dust had to go!

 So did the old, ratty succulents, replaced with new ones in the back door urns.

Much better!

All the window boxes needed to be replaced.  The geraniums are five years old!

Mr. A found these iron fences when we were in Carmel.  Perfect around the Mulberry Tree!

  The property looks the best this time of year, especially with all the roses abloom. 


The biggest project was planting the vegetable garden.
Six tomatos, four Armenian cucumbers, four eggplants and miscellaneous herbs.
Nevermind the rattlesnake we discovered only ten feet away, but that's another story...

The newlyweds were around to help plant--their forte!
It's a good thing, because Mr. A and I were worn out!

We're now set for summer in Asti!
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25 comments:

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

Lovely. I love it when I get to visit 'Asti'. Ha ha. Only through your photos of course.
Does the mulberry tree cause you many problems? We use to have one that hung over from our neighbors side of the fence, and the mulberrys were terrible about staining everything.

Whimsey Creations said...

So pretty and I love your veggie gardens. Mine looking like that would be my dream LOL Lucky you having a mulberry tree - they are so tasty - I have a gallon in my freezer now that my daughter picked for me (they have a farmlet and sell at market each week).

Whimsey Creations said...

So pretty and I love your veggie gardens. Mine looking like that would be my dream LOL Lucky you having a mulberry tree - they are so tasty - I have a gallon in my freezer now that my daughter picked for me (they have a farmlet and sell at market each week).

Splenderosa said...

I am so jealous!!! This is just a beautiful place, I can only imagine having a glass of Asti and overlooking this lovely vista. xx's

roughluxeperspective said...

Dolores

Your gardens look positively beautiful. I enjoyed seeing your house in Tuscan Style. I am working with Bonnie as well right now. I may have to contact you for advice!

PURA VIDA said...

oh you lucky lucky girl..this is so wonderful you must have to pinch yourself often!

Tricia Rose said...

How idyllic Delores! Have you heard of terra preta? Since I read about it I have been adding biochar to my garden and it makes a huge difference - it isn't fertiliser, it sequesters the fertiliser so the soil stays rich. Many hours of happy reading on Wikipedia! (or in the book 1491).

AshTreeCottage said...

Such a beautiful place ~ a slice of heaven!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Absolutely beautiful...the snakes though I could not handle.

How nice to have your children there to help with all of the projects, I can imagine that you were worn out.

Have a great week, Elizabeth

PAT said...

Beautiful grounds Delores!

I received my copy of Tuscan Style in the mail last week. Gorgeous!

kim said...

How beautiful! I love your pillar planters! And what a treat it is to kick back, with a glass of wine of course, and read Tuscan Style! kim

Loretta said...

What a beautiful place...Good job sprucing up! Love this place! Hugs

Scribbler said...

How wonderful to have some "planters" -- I can only imagine how tired you must be.

Rooms by Ann said...

Such a beautiful place. You are a very lucky girl. Thanks for sharing.

Designs By Pinky said...

Your homes are beautiful and the VIEWS are priceless. XO, Pinky

Auntie Bliss said...

So, that is northern California? WHAT a view.
Swap out for the rattlesnake I guess? Take the good with the bad! :)

Márta said...

Szép!
nagyon...

Marlis said...

What a treat for us to see the beauty of Asti.. I love your gardners too.. wow! Looks like fun was had by all.. now tell about the rattlesnake! xo marlis

Mulberries and Lace said...

I love your part of the state and your particular place in it. So beautiful. I have family in San Rafael and base there for day trips to the wine country. Thank you for this post. Makes me want to head north next week. ~m

Kathysue said...

Hi D! It is so gorgeous there, so picturesque!! Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful kitchen garden, xo Kathysue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, this just looks idyllic. Soooo dreamy. I love it! laurie

Victoria said...

Asti looks heavenly. I am sure your son will make good use of all the vegetables and herbs in the garden. I see lots of delicious summer meals in your future.
Best...Victoria

Budget Design Girl said...

What a magical place! Everything is postcard perfect. I adore all of your posts at Asti!

You are blessed!
xo-Lisa

Aimee said...

Your gardens are gorgeous! I love the style of your home. Great post!

Sarah said...

Asti looks to be ideal retreat. You have beautiful homes, Delores.

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