Wild Sweet Peas in the Vineyard, and a Painting

Wild Sweet Peas in the Vineyard, and a Painting

As His Grace and I left the ranch last Friday for New York and parts East for a few weeks, I felt a twinge for the days of early spring I will miss there. Here’s an idea: Surely these wild sweet peas came last year, but dawg if I remember […]

As His Grace and I left the ranch last Friday for New York and parts East for a few weeks, I felt a twinge for the days of early spring I will miss there. Here’s an idea:

Oak Savanna Vineyard at Rancho La Zaca
As the vineyard at Rancho La Zaca begins to green, wildflowers peek up through the grasses.

Surely these wild sweet peas came last year, but dawg if I remember them. That’s the thing about wildflowers, you never know. There’ll be a million of ’em one year and zero the next. We have to celebrate the moment.

[Update 6/19/14 – In revisiting this post, I have a quick correction: The plants are not volunteers, after all. They are fava beans and yes, peas, planted to ameliorate the soil with nitrogen and other things grapes like. Thanks to readers who’ve lived here a lot longer than I have, and to my finally getting to asking our vineyard manager about it. Learning, learning every day. :)]

Wild sweet peas in Oak Savanna Vineyard at RLZ
Wild sweet peas and a lupin-like white flower I need to look up…
Wild sweet peas in Oak Savanna Vineyard at RLZ
The white flower I can’t identify. A nickel to whomever provides the first correct answer…

And just for fun, the day before we left, I painted  a view from the road on the way to the barn. You can see the mist from the ocean about 15 miles away, and in the tree branches and grasses the bright yellow-green shoots of new growth.  Spring! New life!

View toward the ocean from Rancho La Zaca
View toward the ocean from Rancho La Zaca
View toward the ocean from Rancho La Zaca, by Frances Schultz
View toward the ocean from Rancho La Zaca, by me.
View toward the ocean from Rancho La Zaca
Another photo, by professional artist and teacher Camille Deller. She included more of the foreground than I did.

And just for fun again, I threw a few seeds in the ground to see what would happen. I’ll keep you posted. The picture is upside down for good luck. (And because I can’t figure out how to right it without doing the whole thing over, and you know how lazy I am.)

Wildflower seed packets
Packets full of promise, and poppies and lupin. Upside down for good luck.

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