Rise Above: Hot air balloons in Perris Sky


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Pretty is Perris | Posted on 22-03-2011

It was one of the nice warm day in spring . I was driving, when I got the glimpse of this hot air balloon. Luckily I had my camera with me and took these pictures. I am sure the three passengers in balloon flying on Perris Valley would have a great  experience of spectacular view of  snowy mountain ,wild  mustard fields and terrains. An adventure of lifetime for the riders as well as beautiful sight of colorful balloon for the viewers on ground.
For hot air balloon rides, check out Adventure Flights.

Beautiful balloon sailing through the blue sky

Descending to the ground

Touching the ground...

Further down...

End of the voyage, Finally all joy is yours.

Peace be upon us.

Paradise in Bloom


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Pretty is Perris | Posted on 20-03-2011

It is March , it is Spring  and it is Perris. You could not tell unless you come out and look around. New buds coming from dry and lifeless branches. Barren fields become meadows which are now heaven for sheep herds. These fields of  wild Mustard are along Goetz and Ethanac roads near Perris Valley Sky Diving area and  are clearly the signs of beauty and advent of Spring .

Mustard is a plant of  Brassicaceae Family which also includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, radish, turnips. Wild mustard which has become invasive weed here but still its tiny yellow flowers are so abundant that the fields seem like covered with gold.  Just amazing .

Mustard plant with beautiful blossom

Mustard plants with yellow blossoms

Mustard field with sky divers in the background

Yellow patches of gold dust

Mustard flowers first symbol of spring and abundance

Fields of gold

Pleasure for eyes

Thing of beauty ,joy forever


To describe my feelings about these beauties and joy of nature and how change brings the message of hope,here is  Robert Frost’s Poem:

A Boundless Moment

“He halted in the wind, and — what was that
Far in the maples, pale, but not a ghost?
He stood there bringing March against his thought,
And yet too ready to believe the most. 

“Oh, that’s the Paradise-in-bloom,” I said;
And truly it was fair enough for flowers
had we but in us to assume in march
Such white luxuriance of May for ours.

We stood a moment so in a strange world,
Myself as one his own pretense deceives;
And then I said the truth (and we moved on).
A young beech clinging to its last year’s leaves.”

Peace be upon us.

Reason To be Glad


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 12-06-2010

What a joyous surprise plants give, when you  go out and suddenly see the plant which grow from bulb or seed is blooming!  Isn’t that so that you feel your heart has  bloomed.  Only a gardener can feel that  joy.

The same happy moment I felt when I saw gladiolus blooming in my garden. I planted these tiny bulbs in fall and in June they are on bloom.

The gladiolus “bulb” is  a food-storage structure known as a Corm .   The function of the corm is to maintain the plant while dormant until growth resumes in spring.

The corm is actually a swollen underground stem. Each year a new corm is formed over the old one.  On the upper surface of the new corm, buds develop from which the new plant grows the following year.

While the new corm is forming over the old one, small new corms called cormels or cormlets are produced from the base. Cormels are a chief means of propagating  gladiolus.

Gladiolus are very easy to grow.  Just plant them ,  keep them watered and watch them bloom.

Another thing  I love about gladiolus is that they don’t need much space to grow. Just grow bulbs among other permanent plants and in few weeks, they will pop out  as stunning beauties.

Pink beauty, my favorite

yellow hybrid glad

Beautiful pink hybrid gladiolus

A beautiful fabulous scene of blooming gladioli,  isn’t that single reason  enough to be glad.

Peace be upon us.

Fruit of Forgetting or Camouflage


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 08-06-2010

Many of us know camouflage  is the adaptation of many animals used to protect themselves from enemies.  They hide  by matching themselves to their background . Thus by deceiving their predator , they increase their chances of survival.  Amazing.

Even more interesting , camouflage in plants. A thing may be new to many of us, but as a gardener, it is in my daily observation.   How weeds increase their chances  of survival by growing among those plants that look like them. The  proof ,  I will share with you in some other post.

Right now I am surprised  how a zucchini plant is dodging me to protect its fruit from picking. I used word” fruit”  because, botanically speaking , fruit is the ripened ovary ( female par)t of a flower.   Zucchini squash Plants, spread like crazy. I pick  them when they are tender. But some of these guys  disguise  and blend so well to their surrounding that I can barely  see them and they are saved.  Well, there is some frustation , but still contended, after all I need seeds to produce these tasteful , tender,  homegrown vegetables next season.

So next time your squash is saved from picking at right tender stage,  Don’t say I forgot,  just blame on Camouflage.

Peace be upon us.

Berry Memorial Day


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 06-06-2010

Today is memorial day. Let’s extend this day to honor all those who gave their precious lives to serve humanity all over the world.In the morning when I got up late, there was silence in the house. An unusual thing, when kids are at home. So I looked for them. They were in backyard,standing around blackberry bush, with basket to collect ripe berries.  Our blackberry bush is spreading all over the fence and loaded with berries in various stage of ripening , from white flowers to green to pink to red and last black  and juicy.

Blackberries contain antioxidants and ellagic acid which may help to prevent cancer.

The high tannin content, and the antiseptic properties, of blackberries makes them good for treating minor bleeding.

Blackberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol),Magnesium, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

With all these nutritional  facts, I am really blessed to have these black beauties in my yard.  My daughter collected about  forty berries and wanted to make black berry pancakes.  I decided to make syrup from blackberries.  It  was easy and came out delicious.

Regular consumption of blackberries is said to slow down aging process. With all these benefits , who cares for blackberry storm when mouth is full of  these tasty treats.

I am thinking about getting more  ripe berries and honoring those which already fallen  to serve  us such a hearty breakfast.

Here is  the recipe for blackberry syrup

1 cup Blackberries,

Half cup sugar,

3/4 cup water.

Bring berries and water to boil until berries are tender.  Add sugar . simmer till you get the required consistency of syrup.

I liked it with crunchy seeds  and berries.  But if you like you can put berries and water in blender and after blending pass this through sieve and then cook this by adding sugar.

Peace be upon us.

Lupine, Favorite of Mine


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 30-05-2010

Weather has been nice in Perris these final days of May.  I feel an urge to get up and do some outdoor stuff around my home.I love gardening.  I have sown some yellow and  blue lupine seeds although it is bloom time for these plants.  I saw these gorgeous lupines  growing wild while traveling in Menifee back in March.

Since then I am in love with these beauties.

Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus are perennials. The leaves are palmate compound which means they have three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point, like a palm leaf.

Blue, yellow, white or hybrid flowers grow in clusters called spikes, which look so beautiful when grown in masses.


So I am hoping to get that beautiful scene in my own garden.  Besides, Lupines are said to be  nitrogen fixers that greatly improve soil conditions, thus making soil good to grow other plants. This is particularly important as in my part of Perris, soil has lot of clay and it need a lot of amendment, meaning lot of effort and money spending.  So if  lupine are beautiful and useful then why not  lupine.

Hey, I just came across while searching,  that in Rome lupine seeds were once used as money.  Man, I’ll be the richest if  I go back in history with my home grown seeds.  Well hopefully.  Don’t wake me up now.         I   am in love with lovely lupines.

Peace be upon us.

My Entrance to the Blogsphere


Posted by Farhat | Posted in Pretty is Perris | Posted on 30-05-2010

In the Name of Most Gracious,Most Merciful one God.

First ever blog from my part,wondering what to write like any *new writer. The reason for specifying* new is that for a true and I mean real writer , thoughts overflow in his/her  mind and always ready to grasp some writing media and flush them out

But  if writing is something which can be taught and we can learn.  Then why not start by writing my daily account of activities. Good thing, my daily activities are not planned, so I am not writing my daily schedule but the things that come in my way, or the things I want to deal with.

So  I ‘ll try to write an account of a few things that are in my way or on my mind and hopefully this account will serve as a refresher and fulfillment for my mind and soul.  All  visitors in my blog world , I welcome all of you.