About Janice

I love California, both in and out of my garden. My passions are gardening, knitting, and photography. My goal is to make Plum Bird Corner a happy place to visit often.

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt, surgeon's house
Fort Humboldt was another fun and interesting historical site we visited while in Eureka, California this summer. Above is a photo of the surgeon’s house. It was so cozy, I wanted to move in.  Below are a few more photos I took while exploring the fort. Continue reading

The Coleus Plant, a Memory from My Childhood

coleus
The coleus plant was a favorite of mine when I was a young child. Looking back, I realize that I always loved plants. My Mom’s best friend in Canada, who lived across the street from us always grew coleus in her yard. I used to ask her for a piece and I would root it in water, then plant it in the backyard. In Canada, the coleus died off every winter, and that makes me wonder if our neighbor kept some plants indoors during the  winter months, or did she plant seeds the following spring? I have a very shady side garden, and I thought that the coleus would do well there. Continue reading