A Close-Up View of What Fall Looks Like in Land Park - Sacramento, CA

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Last year about this time I shot photographs of homes in Land Park -- just as the sun was beginning to sink into the horizon -- which cast a glow among the shadows and fallen leaves. This time I chose a more intimate view. In fact, you might be amazed to know that every single feature was found in my very own yard in Land Park.

bird of paradise land park

For those of you outside of California, this is a bird of paradise. It grows like weeds and consistently produces new flowers after the dead foliage is cut away. These flowers attract a lot of ants, so if you're going to bring it indoors, rinse it thoroughly with the garden hose. And whatever you do, don't poke it in your eye.

cone flower land park

Cone flowers are a perennial. It's a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family (asters and daisies). This Echinacea blooms from late summer into fall and attracts butterflies.

 

fucshia land park

Fuschias are a magical flower, almost fairy like. People say they are hard to grow, but I've had great success with my plants, which are about four-feet tall and thrive in the shade provided by the north side of my home.

garden shed flowers in land park

Leaves are scattered among the color in this flower bed, which is a mix of climbing geraniums and purple accent flowers. These types of flowers make an excellent ground cover for those small areas of the yard that could use a bit of color.

bird feeder land park

My husband bought me this bird feeder. Its unique shape keeps out squirrels. Typical visitors are red finches, goldfinches and warblers, and the occasional white-crowned sparrow who travels through the yard about this time of year.

pink rose in land park

You can see the rose garden could use weeding, but the roses are still blooming. This will be the last show of roses until spring. Early January, I will prune the garden, just before they begin to bud.

elm leaf in land park

In some ways, fall is a sad time of year because so many living things whither and die. Part of my yard is already littered with fallen leaves from our elm tree. Soon the elm tree will be naked.

daisy variety in land park

These flowers belong to the daisy family. They bloom from mid-Spring throughout summer and into fall. That green plant in the center is a weed. In some parts of the country, they call it a houseplant.

hydrangea in land park

Some people cut their hydrangeas and hang them up to dry in the fall. I give them an acidic fertilizer to turn them blue, but many are purple or pink anyway. The plant is too large to adequately distribute the fertilizer into the soil. It hardly ever needs water, which makes hydrangea a good choice for gardeners who want a hassle-free plant.

japanese eggplant in land park

Our Japanese eggplant are still growing. I can't believe the mass quantity in the garden right now. These are yummy sliced on the vertical, then crisscrossed sliced (just to the skin), sprinkled with salt, stuffed with bits of garlic, drizzled with olive oil and grilled.

naval oranges in land park

Our little orange tree was about four-feet tall six years ago when it was planted. Today, it is 15-feet high and produces a ton of delicious naval oranges, which are typically ready for picking in late December, early January.

pink flowers in land park

I don't recall the name of this flower, but it's madly producing blooms in a large pot bordered by alyssum. I imagine these are of an Asian origin, and they love full sun.

raised flower garden in land park

This raised flower bed is near my front door and situated in the shade, which makes the environment perfect for coleus and begonias. The intensity of light helps give coleus its colors. If it doesn't succumb to frost, coleus will come back in the spring.

red cannas in land park

OK, technically, these red cannas are not in my yard. They are over the fence in my neighbor's yard, but we do have red cannas on the east side of our yard. Unfortunately, those are smaller and have died back, but these cannas are six-feet tall.

rosemary in land park

Our rosemary bush is dotted with purple flowers. I might have to remove it from the garden next year because it is too big. You can strip the rosemary from the bark and use the bare stick as a skewer for grilling vegetables.

serranos in land park

Serranos are one of the last vegetables in the garden to give up the fight for life. If you look closely, you can see how many green serranos are still growing. It takes a while for them to turn red, and I eat them raw. I'm a hot pepper aficionado.

yellow cherry tomatoes in land park

The tomato garden is a tangled mess. Jasmine is intertwined with the tomatoes. Our crop of yellow cherry tomatoes was abundant this year; we couldn't pick them fast enough. These are little golden jewels that melt in your mouth.

strawberry tree in land park

You'd almost expect to see this photo labeled a "what is this" contest picture because many people don't know what it is. It's a strawberry tree, and yes, those strawberries turn red and are edible. But they don't taste like strawberries. They're kinda bitter. Good for making jam.

yellow roses in land park

And this is one of the few remaining yellow roses. I sold a home to clients who didn't like roses. Their back-yard fence was lined with roses; so I rented a truck, dug them up and planted them in my own yard. Thanks for the roses, Dave and Diane!

I hope you have enjoyed the fall tour of my yard in Land Park! I pay just as much attention to detail when I'm working for Land Park home sellers and buyers, too. Please call me if you need a seasoned and experienced real estate agent in Sacramento: 916.233.6759.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Lori Kim Polk
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I have stepped up and have started to raise orchids. Yikes.... but I just love them. Your yard really is beautiful ;)

Oct 30, 2008 03:43 PM #13
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Elizabeth - These are some stunning photos.  Very well done!  I need a better camera, it would seem.  :)

Oct 30, 2008 04:22 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Absolutely gorgeous pictures!  Elizabeth, what kind of camera do you use?

Oct 31, 2008 02:10 AM #15
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Hi Scott: The fuschias are in the ground, so, yes. I planted them against the house on the north side under the eaves. They like shade. I prune, fertilize and baby them. During July / August, when sometimes the temperatures exceed 100, I cover them with black netting during the day and give them extra water. They almost died during a frost 2 years ago -- lost their leaves -- but they recovered.

Hi Lori: Ever since I read The Orchid Thief By Susan Orlean, I've been hooked on orchids. But they have always been my by far favorite flower.

Hi Jason: I don't have a high-end camera but it's a step up from my Kodak Easyshare. :)

Hi Myrl: It's a Nikon D40. My husband has the D80, so I can borrow his lenses.

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Oct 31, 2008 03:06 AM #16
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Marie Meyer
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Thanks for the tour, Elizabeth ... beautiful flowers and photos.  I think you have quite a green thumb there! 

Oct 31, 2008 03:11 AM #17
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Hi Marie: It's not my thumb. It's nature. Except for the fuschias, we don't really do anything in the garden, as evidenced by the weeds . . . :) It's just the wonderful northern California climate.

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Oct 31, 2008 03:40 AM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That does it - Right after Christmas, I'm going to look into getting myself a Nikon D80.  I've been so happy with my Canon.  But, it's a 5 megapixel, and doesn't compare to the super clear shots you have captured.

 

Oct 31, 2008 03:54 AM #19
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Elizabeth - What a beautiful yard you have!  You have quite the green thumb...I'm glad somebody does...  :)

Oct 31, 2008 06:14 AM #20
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Hi Myrl: I picked mine up at Best Buy. If you ask the guy in the camera department for the specials, there is a row underneath the display that is filled with cameras out of the bag. They might be missing a battery, for example and have no handbook, but they sell for about half of retail.

Hi Debi: No, no, no, no, no green thumb.  I have a perfectly manicured thumb, which at the moment is a raisin gloss.

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Oct 31, 2008 06:18 AM #21
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Elizabeth - this is fantastic.  You've taken some beautiful photo's!

Oct 31, 2008 06:51 AM #22
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Thanks, Jesse, but it's nothing as compared to the photos you shoot of Alaska.

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Wow Elizabeth, these are gorgeous shots! Ok, I really think I need Santa to bring me a new camera. What are you using to get such clarity? Maybe I need to just adjust settings???

Oct 31, 2008 10:32 AM #24
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Beautiful photos, Elizabeth....the tour was very refreshing and I felt as though I was walking through a lovely park with a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide.

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Oct 31, 2008 10:40 AM #25
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Hi Colleen: A Nikon D40. I bought this a couple months ago because I was dissatisfied with the quality of the photos from my Kodak Easyshare and wanted a better camera to shoot the interior of homes with. I usually take the "before" photos and then hire a Virtual Tour photographer to do the shots for MLS. But since I'm always telling them at which angle to shoot and where to stand in the room, I figure I may as well do it myself. :)

Hi Jo-Anne: Glad you liked the tour. Next time, maybe I'll actually drive somewhere and take photos!

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This is truly an awesome post, and I love the photographs the readers have added to the conversational thread. Lovely. C.

Nov 01, 2008 05:00 AM #27
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A Big Minion Two Thumbs Up!

Nov 01, 2008 08:43 AM #28
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Beautiful flowers Elizabeth and the veggies/fruit look yummy... you definitely have a green thumb!

Nov 01, 2008 08:52 AM #29
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Thank you, C. And I hope you have found this submission among your contest entries. :)

Hi M: Dad to the minions. Happy for the thumbs. In fact, I'm always happy for thumbs of any kind. They're kinda like big toes. Without 'em, it's hard to manuever.

Hi Cheryl: I keep telling people my thumb is not green and its nail is raisin, but nobody is listening.

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CA looks so different than NC in the Fall.  I wanted to do an entry but I'm at a state tennis playoff and didn't have the time to post the pictures by the deadline.  Great post Elizabeth!

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Elizabet - what a beautiful tour of your fall yard. The flowers are stunning.

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