Delicious Peach Blossoms 桃の花 – Petaluma, CA

Weekend bliss in the garden and following the Sonoma County blossom trail! Delicious Peach Blossoms 桃の花, Petaluma, CA. In Japan, March 3rd is celebrated as both “Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Festival)” and “Momo no sekku (Peach Festival)” because of the peach blossom season. These peaches should be ready to eat in July.  http://on.fb.me/1moDGue

Peach blossoms 桃の花, Petaluma, CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花, Petaluma, CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花 - Sonoma County CA.

Peach blossoms 桃の花 – Sonoma County CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花 - Sonoma County CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花 – Sonoma County CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花 - Sonoma County CA

Peach blossoms 桃の花 – Sonoma County CA

Hummingbirds – Sonoma County

Winter months are mild in California and local hummingbirds continue to visit frequently. We supplement their daily intake from hanging feeders and enjoy spotting our feathered friends year round. Join in! It’s easy, rewarding and you’ll be surprised how quickly they find your feeders. http://www.hummingbirds.net/feeders.html

Hummingbirds, Sonoma County

Hummingbirds, Sonoma County

SMART train – Coast Guard – Petaluma river Haystack bridge updates

Excellent news concerning this retrofit, replacement and local modernization project. The existing bridge l@@ks dangerous and neglected. Thumbs up!

~ Did You Know? The new Haystack Bridge that will be installed in Petaluma is a re-purposed bascule bridge, purchased from Galveston, TX. Part of a Coast Guard project to widen the channel opening there made a relatively new bridge that was suitable to the SMART project. This approach offers several benefits over the original plan to rehabilitate the existing Haystack Bridge: the maximum train speed over the bridge goes up from 10 to 40 mph; the useful life of the bridge goes from 20 years to 80 years; the river channel widens from 55 to 87 feet; and the superstructure of the bridge goes from a low fender protection system to more substantial “pile clusters” to protect from a barge impact. In addition, all of these improvements will be achieved with the re-purposed span for the same cost as the originally planned retrofit.

November 12, 2013

28 Days of Autumn: Day 20 ~ Bloodgood Japanese Maple ‘Acer Palmatum’ イロハ 紅葉 — Petaluma, CA Sonoma County

28 Days of Autumn
Day 20
~ Bloodgood Japanese Maple ‘Acer Palmatum’ イロハ 紅葉 — Petaluma, CA Sonoma County

Day 20~ Bloodgood Japanese Maple 'Acer Palmatum' イロハ 紅葉

Day 20~ Bloodgood Japanese Maple ‘Acer Palmatum’ イロハ 紅葉 — Petaluma, CA