You were so vigorous, so full of life! You grew so large, larger than we ever imagined, providing shelter, shade, and food, to the living beings around you: the birds, the lizards, the insects, and us. We planted you eleven years ago from a five gallon pot, and we gave you water, just a little to . . . → Read More: Ode to the Elderberry Tree
I am in love with my granddaughter Emma who lives in San Diego. I go see her as often as I can, about twice a month. This week, Emma came to visit us with her parents for the first time. Of course, I had to introduce her to my other love, the garden.
It was . . . → Read More: Baby in the Garden
Our suburban garden at least 3 miles away from any natural area (Santa Fe Dam), is home to a variety of birds, native and introduced. We regularly watch western fence, whiptail, and alligator lizards, and enjoy butterflies and other interesting insects like native and European honey bees. The front yard also is visited by neighborhood dogs and cats. . . . → Read More: New Wildlife in the Garden!
I made a discovery today. After having enjoyed my native plant garden for 10 years, I just now might have found the answer to the old puzzling question that I get on many of my nature walks: why is black sage called black? We have white sage with whitish leaves, we have purple sage with purple . . . → Read More: Black Sage (Salvia mellifera)
Every evening, when I come home from work, before I even go into the house, I say hello to my garden. And so I did today. I noticed the soft fragrance of the white, purple, and black sages, the buzz of the bees in the palo verde, the ripening cherries on the native cherry tree, and . . . → Read More: Evening in the Garden
I decided yesterday that I want my own blog, about our native plant garden. Since I am the gardener in the family, by choice, free will, and inclination, I get to do most of the work, make most of the decisions – after soliciting feedback that usually consists of “I trust your judgment!”, and I think . . . → Read More: In the Summer Garden