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Okay, I admit took this in 2005. Same exact time of year, same light, same fascination with other people’s gardens. All this time I have been looking and absorbing and thinking about garden desi...


I love this picture I took last week. I was kind of saving it for the Autumn Equinox, which I understand we make a bigger deal about here than those of you in the Southern Hemisphere. But the ra...


September 13, 2021

Nothing Serious in Everyday Ramblings

The aforementioned autumn crocus. I was able to teach both classes today and in the middle despite all the falderal with a late grocery delivery I was able to see a doctor. She thinks it is noth...


September 12, 2021

Trying in Everyday Ramblings

Let’s see, a choice between reading a 70 page well prepared .pdf from the League of Women Voters on local pesticide use or write a Prosebox post? I took this shot last Thursday walking along the...


Off the winding parkway up above my place there is this one patch of scrub hill. Over the years a desire path has appeared as a shortcut up to the hospitals. Then last February when we had the i...


September 03, 2021

Off Center in Everyday Ramblings

Yep. Not Perfect, Permanent or Personal. If I go back today and try to retake this shot to get it lined up it won’t be the same. The stream of time has moved on and things have changed. Still, d...


Walking on Saturday up a part of a street in a nice neighborhood close in, I realized I had never seen this house before. It is up in the hills so it is a hike up there and we usually turn off t...


There is a house a few blocks away with a peace rose out front. I have been taking lovely, even sometimes stunning pictures of its various blooms over the years. The house is for sale by one of ...


August 24, 2021

Heaven Forfend in Everyday Ramblings

The garden plot on Monday. The big excitement there with the tomatoes and the basil, the volunteer zucchini, and the marigolds, is that the Zinnia has a bud! I grew them from seed, and they have...


It is getting to that time of year where I need to start getting a little more creative with the photos I am taking, looking for the unexpected in the mundane. Our heat finally broke but we stil...


August 15, 2021

Reading History in Everyday Ramblings

I just like this random picture of a private garden I took on a walk a few weeks ago. It has so much character. Lately I have been a little behind on noting as there have been things to do and d...


Here in the depths of this drought laden summer it is such a pleasure to find a bright unambiguous jewel tone. I didn’t realize until this year that gladiolas are a wildflower in South Africa. T...


A new dahlia in the garden this morning. I could spend the rest of my life trying to get the angle just right on these shots, but at least you can see the full flower and the color is good. The...


Messy dahlias at the garden a few days back. I can tell the heat and the turn towards fall is changing the garden. One of my plot neighbors, (the one that has been there the longest and is a bri...


August 02, 2021

Adaptations in Everyday Ramblings

A heat damaged magnolia flower from Sunday morning. We have had what in a more typical year would be high temperatures lately, but everything now is in our minds compared to the heat dome experi...


From our walk last weekend. We both remembered this house and I may have posted a similar picture three or four years ago, but this is fresh and shows the elevation and how some places are sited...


Himalayan Honeysuckle. Yes. We know it is a noxious weed in Australia. But it is rare here. We found this yesterday in a certified wildlife garden next to a conservancy up in the hills a bit sou...


I took this on the way back from the plot midday today. A neighbor garden a block away. The city came and brought a crane and lifted the fallen branch off the shed at the community garden and ch...


The garden, early this morning. The plot with the artichoke is the one next to mine. If you look carefully, you will see a giant oak limb on the roof of the shed and an unhappy structurally unso...


July 14, 2021

When I Do in Everyday Ramblings

Ah, I found out the reason this is called Queen Anne’s Lace. Apparently, she liked to make lace and if you look very carefully just off center of the umbel, you can see a dot, that is a dark red...


July 12, 2021

Next? in Everyday Ramblings

Mrs. Sherlock wanted me to see this unusual blooming agave across town on Saturday. At first, we weren’t going to walk as her social calendar is filling up with potlucks, but she had been amazed...


So many of the flowers I have been looking up lately are in the sunflower family. Our garden doesn’t get enough full sun with the two giant oaks for sunflowers yet but the huge community garden ...


I don’t know what these are. We think they might be a kind of allium. I noticed some in the other neighborhood community garden a few days ago. They are kind of magical. Over the last few month...


July 05, 2021

By And Large in Everyday Ramblings

The lilac garden this morning, a bit sun drenched even though it was still early. The Park Department gardener told us about a year ago as she was putting in bedding plants that she took making ...


Say hello to our newest Heritage Tree. #377. Since the worst of the heat started, I have begun to walk what I call “the long way round” to the garden. It takes me a little over 20 minutes each w...


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