Still waiting

My new computer still isn’t ready, so I continue to make do with my iPad. It is a spectacular June day in southern California. Birds are singing, a gentle breeze is blowing off the ocean, and all is right with my green world.

I just finished watering the front, and am sitting on my comfy chair on the deck in back, admiring my jungle of a garden back here.


That was the front yard. With luck, a photo of the back will show up below. Or several photos.




And that’s what the view from the deck looks like. My tomatoes have turned the back beds into a green tangle of growth. My German Johnson has reached a height of six feet already, but has set only one marble- sized tomato. It’s going to be a race to see which ones will ripen first– Early Girls, Box Car Willie, Mortgage Lifter, Super Marzano, or Black Plum. Neither of the oxheart tomatoes have fruited yet, and Paul Robeson is lagging behind as well. The Amish Paste and Big Russian Paste tomatoes are setting like gangbusters.

June is a happy time in the garden. Flowers galore on the squash, pumpkins, tomatoes and cucumbers, but nothing to pick, so I’m not up to my ears in canning jars. I think I ‘ll have another cup of coffee.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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8 Responses to Still waiting

  1. Robin says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day in your green world! I just came in to get a cup of coffee too!


  2. GrafixMuse says:

    There is a lot of growth going on in your garden!!!

    Congratulations on your iMac!!! I learned on PC computers in college, but have used Apple computers since then for many years. I think you will find iPhoto an easy way to import, organize, and edit your photos. I just plug in my camera and iPhoto starts up and asks me what I want to import from the camera’s chip.


    • GrafixMuse, you make it sound so easy. Why am I having so much trouble? I have iPhoto, Aperture, and Nikon software on my new computer, and tried to buy PaintShop, which I am familiar with at least, but PaintShop Pro won’t run and their tech support has gone home for the day. Bummer.


  3. Norma Chang says:

    Good idea to relax with a cup of coffee. Everything is growing so well and happy in your garden.


  4. dirt says:

    beautiful garden! would love to see pics of your coop. I feel overwhelemed gardening in the heat of s.ont i cant imagine growing food in sunny california!!!!!!


    • Dirt, It isn’t hot in Huntington Beach where I live. We are three miles from the ocean, which is nature’s air conditioner. To see pics of our chicken coop, just search on my blog for coop. Or I can post some more pics as soon as I can figure out my new camera, new software, new computer, old brain.


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