Outside In

ElDub stayed the night at our place after The Harmonistas played an assisted living home in Apple Valley. It broke up her looooong drive from Camarillo, and gave me an excuse to bring some of the flowers in from the yard.

The roses mostly came from our miniature pink rose in the front. There are also sprigs of rosemary, lavender flowers, sage flowers, and privet blooms.  Fun going around the yard snipping!



Springing Forward


I may have gotten a little excited about the spring weather. Some years we go almost directly from winter to summer. This year has been lovely.

We made a special trip to Sego Nursery in North Hollywood yesterday for 5 tomato plants (3 Juliet grape, 1 Cherokee Purple, 1 yellow Kellogg’s Breakfast), a Gypsy pepper, 2 Thai basil, Italian oregano, English thyme, a succulent,  and the pink geraniums. Picked up 3 purple potato vines, star jasmine, and another odd little succulent on our way home from music this afternoon.

With all the light in the evenings I should be able to plant after work this week.

Bloomin’ Shamrock!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrocks also bloom! Brought these home from Trader Joe’s.

I’ll try to find a shady place to plant them. Our California cousins, Pat & Mike, grow them in their yard in Orange County, but the ones they gave us years ago sadly died out. Not sure how happy they’ll be about this drought. We’re only allowed to water twice a week.

Bloom Boom



I love the happy sun-faces of these gazanias.  There were more of these in our yard when we first moved here than almost anything else.


Peach bud. The warm weather has inspired everything to bloom. It’s awfully early, and there will probably be a freeze between now and fruiting time.


Apricot blossoms. I did not enhance the colors in this, I promise you.


Surprised at how big these African daisies are.  I thought this plant had about worn itself out.


Vinca. Not a lot of blossoms yet, but they make a nice groundcover on one of our slopes.


Looking down at the tops of lavender blossoms. Only one of the three lavenders I planted our first year survives.


Psych!  Fake flowers and fake rooster.

Our rosemary shrubs are just covered in blossoms and the bees are audibly happy about it. I would love to taste rosemary honey!


Kenney Grovin’ On a Sunny Afternoon


LDub brought a gift of lovely freesias to us at the campground on Friday.  What a lovely addition to our site.  Camping for three nights with Songmakers.


I took a walk down through the Cypress Flats area of Kenney Grove, knowing that an agility and obedience dog show would move in the next day. Even the trash cans seem picturesque.


Crossing over Ledoux Wash on the way to the front gate.


Dean, LasWeesas, Jan and I went for a walk…a few miles through the surrounding orange groves.


Jan had a tennis date!


LDub, Hydra and I popped into town to go to an antique shop. Love this display of letters in the back yard of the converted house.


Fuzzy salvia blossoms, also behind the antique place in Fillmore.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

DSC_5432 Vinca peeking through a shrub.

To our place!  When we arrived here, there were so many weeds on the slope and so many of them were prickery, that I thought of it as Thistlehaven Gardens.  That has slowly changed over the 13 1/2 years we’ve been here.

There is so much going on in our yard right now, I thought I’d take pictures of everything that’s blooming right now.  As I type this up, I realize that I am missing photos of the thyme, which has tiny white blossoms, and our big euonymus shrub, which has wonderful smelling flowers that you don’t really notice because they’re the same color as the variegated leaves. We’ll see if I’m enough of a completionist to go take the photos and update this later.

If you know the names of any of the plants I haven’t named or if you see anything labeled wrong, I’d  love to hear it!

If you click on the first photo in the gallery below, you’ll see a bigger image and hopefully be able to use the arrow to move through the gallery.


Walls & Walks – Street Art


I wonder if anyone is keeping track of these amazing terrazzo inlays in downtown L.A.  This is outside the Starbucks on 6th & Spring.  There are a number of these that seem to sprout from abused doorways.  They always make me wonder what the shops behind them were like when they were installed. It would be great if L.A. cleaned its sidewalks like Paris does.

OneL and I visited Clifton’s Cafeteria in 2009 and I took some shots of the detailed terrazzo images in front of it, that you can see here if you want. I hope they reopen soon and haven’t changed it too much.


Some more street art from last week’s trip to downtown Los Angeles.  Red banana-suit person.  I think this was on Broadway.


Also on Broadway…or Spring?  The paint is starting to shred and peel, which gives this a 3-dimensional quality when seen from up close.


This woman is looking back at the man in the previous photo.  At first I thought the sunlight would ruin the shot, but now I kind of like the effect.

P1000274Some one made this little arrangement of fallen camillia blossoms in the verge between the sidewalk and the road. This is in Toluca Lake, not downtown L.A., but I thought it was very friendly.


And this one.  There was also just one blossom against the base of the next tree.

Thanks, person.  That was nice.