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Pretty in Pink – Plum Blossom Photos

It is pink time in my neighborhood. In middle to late February the non fruiting plum trees lining our street begin to bloom. Bright cheery pink blossoms abound. And the smell is magnificent.   According to Epoch Times: The plum blossom has been an important symbol in Chinese culture. As a “friend of winter,” the… Continue reading Pretty in Pink – Plum Blossom Photos

lef growing on California Lilac
Gardening, Photography

January 2016 – Garden Photos

I know it is February 3rd, and I am just now posting January Garden Photos. I could have backdated the post by a few days, but the truth is I just now got them edited to put up. January in a California native garden is actually just the beginning of a magical time. Especially if… Continue reading January 2016 – Garden Photos

Arctostaphylos, Manzanita beginning to bud
Gardening, Photography

December 2015 California Native Plants Photos

It's just an incredibly beautiful winter day here in Southern California so I grabbed the camera and took some shots of my California Native plants to share with you. While it is winter and snowing and plants are dormant in some areas, here in my yard the California Native plants are just starting to awaken… Continue reading December 2015 California Native Plants Photos

Wayne Roderick daisy - Erigeron glaucus
Gardening, Photography, Random Thoughts

A little perspective from the garden

For anyone exposed to media of any kind this week there is no denying things have been overwhelmingly morose. Besides the happenings in World News, personally things have been a little bothersome too. Add in the lovely menopausal hormone fluctuations and I was headed for a meltdown of epic proportions. And then I went outside. At first, I… Continue reading A little perspective from the garden

The Happy Little Gardener versus the Odious Manduca quinquemaculata.
Gardening, Humor

A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

It began in late winter. The hopes, the dreams, the plans. The Happy Little Gardener scoured seed catalogs and stores for just the right ones. Choices were made and 6 weeks before the predicted last frost date, the delicate little seeds were hopefully nestled into nutrient rich seeding medium in a draft free place with… Continue reading A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!