Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Two of the most easily grown flowers in the garden are calla lilies and sweet alyssum. The calla spreads by producing pups, while the sweet alyssum reseeds profusely, with the seeds being cast by the prevailing winds. Although they both come in other colors, white is a good choice and looks especially good in the moonlight.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Above, the incessantly honking goose who rushes the fence furiously each time we pass by.
A lone grapefruit ripens against an original adobe brick wall where the goose lives.
California poppies, our state flower, and sweet alyssum, blooming wildly along the edge of the road.
A pine cone nestles in needles and a terra cotta lion stares stoically.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
With rain in the forecast, we set out late yesterday afternoon to take advantage of the sunshine on a walk through the neighborhood. Large bushes of Pride Of Madiera are sending their sturdy plumes skyward, much to the delight of scores of honey bees.
Pyracanthus berries are hanging in clusters.
Looking down the road that ends at the top of cliff, right above the ocean.
A patient daughter indulges a mother who has to stop every few feet for "just one more picture".
The ubiquitous pickle weed that thrives on neglect and even grows along the cliffs in the harshest salt air.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Perennial daisies and ice plant require almost no care. The foliage of the daisies is a soft grayish green and contrasts nicely with the more common green of other plants' leaves. The ice plant attracts honey bees and although snails love it, it's a hardy plant that can suffer their abuse more easily than more delicate flowering plants.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Even though extremely out of focus, something about the blurriness of these Spanish lavender blossoms appealed to me, with the strappy leaves of daffodils pushing up and through and the blossoms all tilted to the side. If you need a hardy, drought tolerant, compact shrub for your yard, you could do worse than Spanish lavender. It's a prolific, nearly year-round bloomer and attracts both hummingbirds and honey bees to your garden.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
It never ceases to amaze me, where you readers are. According to Google Analytics, your top 10 locales are the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, India, New Zealand, France and Sweden. Thanks for stopping by!
The photograph is by Flowerman, via Bing images.
Monday, March 14, 2011
My daughter showed me what she's been doing with all the beach rocks we gathered and hauled last month. Her landscaping project has been almost a year in the making and it's wrapping up, with rocks outlining flower beds, a sprinkler system in place, walls almost finished and the last of the patio stones set and sealed. Evergreen sod will be put down soon.
A butterfly meandered by, landing on a king palm frond while we spoke, indulging me and my camera with a show of beautiful wings before venturing on.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Another art nouveau magazine cover, circa 1900, by the multi-talented Louis Rhead. As noted here before, Rhead was an Englishman, born into a family of fabulously talented potters, who made his way to New York's Catskill Mountains via France.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
A photographer from the Detroit Publishing Company made this uncommon colored photomechanical print of Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the jewels in the chain of missions in California.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Gnatcatcher birds have stopped more development and construction projects in California than probably any other bird. They're far from endangered around here - we see them at the beach, in the garden, and outside the living room window. This one was camera shy and flew onto the fence post as soon as he spotted me. A plump one, he didn't look like he'd missed many meals.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
My daughter came by and took me along to our favorite fruit stand. They always have such beautiful orchids, lush and full, with branches drooping under the weight of the blossoms.
Their locally grown Haas avocados are hard to beat, whether eaten straight, on toast or made into guacamole.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
When my dad's side of the family talk about the "Old Country", they mean County Glarus, Switzerland.
The Detroit Publishing Company made these photomechanical prints of Glarus in 1900. Uncle Heinrich traveled overland to La Havre, France, sailed to New Orleans, then up the Mississippi River and overland West to California in 1847, where we've been here ever since.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The daffodils bloomed early this year and most of them are just about spent. Not so the Mexican primroses, below, which bloom all year and spread like wildfire. They were looking their best yesterday in the late afternoon sun.