Garden Happiness & Heartbreak

Gardens are filled with moments of happiness and heartbreak.  For years our garden had a wall of lush green creeping fig (fig ivy).  Just two tiny plants had grown over 20 years to create a thick, dense layer of green covering the entire west wall of the back yard.  It was nearly 3’thick and rose easily 4’ above the 8’ wall.  It crawled over into my neighbor’s yard where it was generally the only thing green to be found there.  It blocked the neighbor’s house entirely.  I loved it....   Continue Reading

Spring In My Garden

I started working early in my garden today.  The sky was streaked with pink, orange and blue as the sun rose between the branches of my 40 yr. Old olive tree. Mocking birds were singing, there are so many different songs from this one incredible bird. As I wander through the pathways of the garden I find the deep purple Dutch iris and pink freesias blooming, they are such a brief bit of spring color but so worth it.  There is a stand of white freesias further out by the lawn, heavy with blossoms, they need a wire frame to support them....   Continue Reading

Gratitude for Gardens

In this week of Thanksgiving I realize again how grateful I am for gardens.  In this world of war, wild weather, and wandering refugees it is hard to see solutions to such complex problems.  Yet at this very moment I am lucky enough to be able to step outside my home and walk in my garden. I have a place to sit with the people I love, where I can see the sky and be warmed by the sun.   Delighted by wild canaries flying through the view, a light breeze rustles the leaves on the olive trees, and a wind chime plays a trio of notes.  I have clean water for my plants and for my family....   Continue Reading

The Artichoke Project

Late last November I planted two Artichoke plants in a sunny spot in one of my new flower beds. I wanted something to grow fast and add some variety of color and shape to my view. They grew beautifully! By March their silvery-green leaves spiked up vigorously at both ends of the bed providing a framework for the smaller plants between them. The end of each symmetrical leaf was punctuated with a fine thistle tip....   Continue Reading