California is a Garden of Eden Sextet.

As Woody Guthrie sings, “California is a Garden of Eden.”

Castroville’s Garden of Edenishness is artichokes.

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Hundreds of acres of artichokes grow on flat flields inland of Pacific dunes.

It was surprising to see a colony of ground squirrels in rocks at the shore.

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Fat as a furry artichoke, squirrel surveys its territory.

Great globular, medusan hemispheres line the coast in Pacific Grove.

See human for scale.

I could hardly believe what they were.

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Aloe! The teensy things we grow on our windowsills Back East. Here, they’re huge.

We move inland, further north, to Wine Country.

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Do you see the pruner of the Malbec?

Wine Country also has flowers, and peaches, for the picking.

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Peaches so ripe and juicy that you get dribbled on as you pick.

And in the streets of a Wine Country town?

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A different variety of peach.

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