Tara just harvested these beets, which will be served at Zazu for the next couple of weeks. You can also see snow peas in the foreground and chard bolting in the background.

This spring has brought many blessings to Sonoma County gardeners. We’ve had well spaced rains with plenty of warm days in between. The cold winter contributed to a fantastic peony year, yet luckily we didn’t get any late frosts. While last spring’s blooms were plagued with curculios and cucumber beetles (nasty sucking insects), this year the predators seem to have the upper hand as is evident in the photo below.

A spider hunting on a peony blossom.

A client's rose near my house on Lonepine.