Sunday, April 6, 2014


A misty, chilly day.  Some photos of newest additions to the garden.

"fairies dance & share secrets at the bottom of the garden"

Drops of rain on the passion flower vine; it's about to bloom for the first time.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

happy trails

Edging installed for new walkway.

Mulch makes a nice walking path and I'll be tilling new garden beds this fall.

Despite being overcast, a nice sunset this evening.  The plants are still small but will fill out over the next few
weeks.  Hoping we get some rain tomorrow.  Plants in the garden bed include lantana, purple heart, esperanza,
passion flower vine and moss verbena.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

livingstone daisy

"People from a planet without flowers would think we 
must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
~Iris Murdoch

Livingstone Daisy Iceplant

Monday, March 31, 2014


Sitting on the patio listening to the sounds of my garden; birds singing, flapping of wings, fluttering of insects, clicking of the palmetto leaves in the breeze.  In the distance, children laughing on the playground and dogs barking.  Moments of quiet and stillness.  Oh look!  A white-lined sphinx moth. Lovely. Beautiful.
A blurry photo of the sphinx moth but
proof that he did visit my garden.

Earlier today: gravel installed around the bird bath, more ice plants, and began installing edging for an additional path.  Where will this one lead?

"Gardening is a long road, with many detours and way stations, and here we all are at one point or another.  It's not a question of superior or inferior taste, merely a question of which detour we are on at the moment. Getting there (as they say) is not important; the wandering the whole point."  ~Henry Mitchell

Not much to look at right now but just wait....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

new projects

The beginnings of a fairy garden.

Patio container garden with variegated heart leaf ice plant, cactus, sedum ogon, jelly bean succulent and aloe vera.

Friday, March 28, 2014

rain storm

Rain is the elixir of plants; a nourishing liquid bringing life to a garden.  Water from a faucet is a poor substitute.  We experienced an "epic" fifteen minute rain (and hail) storm in Manor this afternoon.  Afterwards, Thor and I took a stroll to check on everything.  

Retama Tree beginning to sprout its first leaves.  

Dwarf Palmetto, Silver Ponyfoot, Blackfoot Daisy

Thor enjoying some rain water.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

it's spring

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 
~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

I told myself I wouldn't buy anymore "unplanned" plants.  My list this morning included two items; variegated heartleaf iceplant and expanded shale.  But a trip to The Natural Gardener resulted in one lovely impulse purchase that I couldn't resist; a Lampranthus 'Angel's Blush'. The name fits this flower perfectly.

Lampranthus "Angel's Blush"

May I a small house and large garden have;
And a few friends,
And many books, both true.” 
~Abraham Cowley

Spring has officially arrived and the garden is waking up from its winter sleep. Moss roses, which are always saturated with vibrate hues of pinks and yellows, is a favorite so picked some up as soon as it was available at the garden center.  (It was on the approved plant list.)

Moss Rose

The verbena is spreading into new territory.  I love its purple flower contrasted against a wheel barrel I painted a lively teal color.


Every winter, I fret over my plants after cutting them back.  Did I cut them back too soon? Will they sprout new growth?  This confetti lantana seems to know when to make its first spring appearance.

Confetti Lantana

I wish my camera could accurately capture how the evening sunlight reflects and sparkles off the spikes of this aloe vera.  In my imagination, the spikes are specifically for catching bits of sunlight. 

Aloe Vera and 'Ogon' Sedum
Well, I have followed Margaret Atwood's advice and am sufficiently dirty.  Time to call it day.