I have a big window in my living room that looks out to my smallish front yard and street. I have always wanted a window box for that window to fill with azaleas and a few years back, one of … Continue reading
Today instead of gardening at home, since Devon, my son and his girlfriend Emily are visiting, we decided to head out for a days adventure at the beach. We headed towards Half Moon Bay and Pescadero Beach. The day turned … Continue reading
I have been blessed in my garden with many creatures. Some wanted and some unwanted. The birds are definitely wanted. I have been pretty lucky lately with the birds that have visited. A couple of days ago when I was … Continue reading
Leaving Lake Tahoe today and heading back home to my own garden! Whenever my daughter Tashi was younger and we were heading into Tahoe towards our cabin we would always pass the lake. It never failed, no matter what time of day or what season, Tashi wanted to count the colors of the lake. Lake Tahoe changes colors as is gets deeper and colder and she loved to see how many different colors she could see. It has always been one of our “Tahoe Traditions” that now carries on to my grandchildren when I bring them up with me. It gives us a chance to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature, the beauty of the lake in the midst of the excitement of vacation and all that goes along with that. I try to teach them that even in this place of so much fun there is a beauty they won’t find anywhere else.
I’m spending this week in South Lake Tahoe. It’s one of my favorite places to be. I love the beauty of nature here. The tall pine
trees, the mountains, the flowers and of course the lake. Every time I’m here I find a new and wonderful discovery.
This is a very different kind of garden. But still very much a garden. All of nature comprises its own gardens in its own ways. We are fortunate if we can replicate them half as beautifully in our own spaces. I often look to nature for inspiration, in types of plants, sizes and colors. What better example can we find except from the Master Gardener? I hope you join me throughout this coming week as I explore this place that is so much a part of me.
I am not a native Californian. Moving from the East Coast over 16 years ago was quite an experience to me when it came to my garden. Nothing was the same, plants, weather, plants, soil, pests, oh and did I say plants? Not that they were a bad thing at all. The plants here are absolutely amazing at times. The Angel’s Trumpet is a perfect example of that. I took this photo the other day with the morning sun shining through the huge blossom of this angel’s trumpet. The flowers are unbelievable 10″ trumpet-shaped blooms usually in white. Mine are a pale pink variety. Its fragrant flowers dangle from upright stems and appear in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, and cream. It must be noted that every part of this plant is poisonous and care should be taken around children. Also wear gloves when pruning. My tree is in a secluded part of my garden. We tried to dig it up on one occasion and it came back, the frost has killed part of it and it returned so it is a very tenacious plant. I love the flowers and the scent that comes into my bathroom window it makes me feel like I am on a tropical island. I love my Angel in the Morning.