Post Tag: Wordless Wednesday

A few weeks ago I spoke at the Laguna Beach Garden Club, and was thrilled when my host insisted we walk along the coastline before catching my flight home. The aloes were in full bloom, the sun was shining, artists were painting, hummers were humming, dolphins were swimming - in short, I was in heaven. Laguna Beach, be still my beating heart   (more…) [read more]
Having spent a delightful morning touring the San Diego Botanical Garden last week, I must admit I was most smitten by these life-size topiaries.  Pat Hammer, Director of Operations of the Botanical Garden, created these incredible works of art, going so far as making clay masks of some of the members of the garden and Horticultural Society to use as their faces! Amazing, don't you think?   [read more]
As usual, this is 'almost' a Wordless Wednesday post. A few weeks ago, while vacationing in Connecticut, we drove past this giant snapping turtle bravely crossing the road. Being from California, and never seeing one in person, we pulled over so I could play tourist and take a photo. (more…) [read more]
While spending the day in San Francisco I stumbled upon this statue of a massive, towering woman titled Ecstasy, by Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann. Her body is so graceful, lithe and perfectly proportioned while being constructed of repurposed pieces of chunky, rusty metal. I know it's a little atypical of my posts, but I just had to share her with all of you.  Can't you imagine a smaller version of her strategically placed in the garden? Enjoy!   [read more]
Due to the unusual amount of heavy rainfall this year, we have an abundance of weeds here in Northern California - here's some of the most beautiful ones I've seen!  Really?  They're weeds? (more…) [read more]
Compliments of Ami Saunders, with Saunders Designs…. (more…) [read more]
I don't know what it is about moss, but I just love it. Particularly the moss that's growing on and around my mother's fountain.  If you look closely there's even moss growing out of the little girl's basket - so beautiful! (more…) [read more]
This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco with Debra Prinzing, Susan Morrison and Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design.   The purpose?  To not only have fun, but to get a behind the scenes tour of Baylor's unbelievably cool floral design studio.  Join me to see what this innovative artist is creating…. (more…) [read more]
. Wow -  beautiful, poignant and funny all at the same time. . [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw] . [read more]
/ While in Dallas last week, I had the honor of listening to a presentation by Felder Rushing, which wasn't really a presentation at all, but rather an opportunity to listen to this man's passion about 'Slow Gardening'.  If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, seize it with both hands - run to the front of the room, grab the closest chair and prepare to be thoroughly inspired! . He doesn't just 'talk the talk' either.  He [read more]
It's time for another (nearly) Wordless Wednesday post! Let me introduce you to Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma, California.  One of my favorite stops while visiting, providing the freshest produce and cut flowers around (picked less than 100 feet from the barn!) [read more]
  Okay, okay - by now most of you who have been reading my blog for any time now probably feel like they've personally strolled through Freeland and Sabrina Tanner's garden and have seen everything I could possibly show them, right? WRONG! Freeland is an amazing powerhouse of creativity and has just finished building two incredible sculptures made from his collection of antique sprinklers, a few hoses and some rebar.  They're  the perfect additions to their potager, adding a bit [read more]
Another visit to Freeland and Sabrina Tanner's Napa Valley garden last weekend provided me with another feast of visual delights.  This time in the form of the many different containers throughout their garden - each one brimming with unusual plants, each one a mini work of art. Enjoy! (more…) [read more]
. . There's something so inviting, so charming and so welcoming about chairs on the front lawn, isn't there?   .. . . . [read more]
I can never seem to manage a truly 'wordless' Wednesday post, so I'll try again to be brief. I took these photos last week while vacationing in Lake Tahoe.  This naturally occurring meadow was just a few miles from Tahoe City, and the Lupines and yellow Monkeyflowers were at their peak. I was counting my lucky stars I had my Nikkon with me as I overheard someone mention there hasn't been a bloom like this in years. . . . [read more]