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, they 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

Plastic Blooms

I have lived my life with plastic. I’ve used Tupperware, saran wrap, water bottles, toys, and tools. I have a yellow plastic flower pot that is 45 years old. I remember the film, The Graduate, when Mr. Mcguire offering Benjamin one word for his future, said  “Plastics. There’s a great future in it.” But today I’m living with plastic guilt....   Continue Reading

Spring Glory in Arizona

I wander the world looking for glorious gardens.  I’m always noticing the trees and the flowers where ever I go.  Today I was going to Home Depot, and I found a glorious southwest spring display. The Hacienda Children’s Hospital at 610 W Jerome Ave, in Mesa, AZ opened in October of 2015.  My usual side street approach to Home Depot allowed me to watch the construction of the building from its earliest beginnings.  It is a beautiful structure w/ an integrated steel tree rising up the side of the building and framing the entryway canopy.  It has been attention grabbing from the start.  The facility was designed by the Devenney Group, who specializes in medical architecture.  I’ve contacted them to find out who the landscape architect is for this project because right now, this moment the landscape has blossomed into its full glory.  The plants are just a bit over three years in the ground and the time combined with the wet winter has created a moment of true desert glory....   Continue Reading

Loving Santa Fe

Santa Fe – Fans already know that the climate, creativity, culture, and cuisine are reasons enough to visit this unique city. If you needed another reason to love Santa Fe, you have it now in the newly opened Botanical Garden. This special garden adds another level of enchantment for this high desert region, especially for gardeners!...   Continue Reading