Armchair Spelunking

I’m a little excited this morning. Some clues… What do all these images have to do with each other? Explorers, cave paintings, spiritual communion with rocks…

Ralph Fiennes as Count Laszlo Almasy, The English Patient; Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda, Picnic At Hanging Rock.

Seeing things on film you’d otherwise be unable to experience.

Werner […]

Urbane Nasturtiums

I’ve been transplanting a few self-sown nasturtiums and tucked a couple in with some eucomis bulbs to spill out of an ancient cast-iron sewer pipe that somehow made its way here years ago.

I wonder which previous car’s shocks had to absorb that load.

Brought home no doubt during the same period when […]

Pelargonium ‘Splendide’

From Robin Parer’s nursery Geraniaceae

“A scandent shrub; leaves are pinnate, grey and hairy; a truly splendid hybrid with red upper petals, a dark center and almost white lower petals; do not leave outside in rain and prune very carefully.”

Horticulture’s Continuing PR Problems

In a March 12, 2011 issue of The New York Times, in a column by Maureen Dowd entitled “In Search of Monsters,” Ms. Dowd comments on the suitability of Donald Rumsfeld giving current foreign policy advice: “You would think that [he] would have the good manners to shut up and take up horticulture.”

Politics […]

The Kashmir Cypress

A pre-dinner garden tour at Dustin’s.

“What is it?” I asked.

“You asked me that last time,” he answered patiently. “It’s psoralea.”

“Oh, the Kool-Aid something or other?” (Strange, how memory works.)

“Right,” he explained, “from Annie’s.”

His psoralea is growing up into a beautiful little tree.


Landscape Crit

A new shopping center was planted with sharp plants four years ago. Agaves, yuccas. I was thrilled but also slightly alarmed.



This spring I am not going to be drawn into running out into the garden with my camera every time I hear the whoosh of a rapid aerial descent then the whirring of tiny wings. I don’t have the stamina or the lens for it. I swear these will be the last 58 frustrating attempts […]

Roof Dogs

To every urban challenge, there is a potentially joyful response.

Image found here.

Roof Dogs, a movie by MB Maher.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch- Cherry Bomb

Anyone else curious enough about “The Runaways” movie last year, based on the eponymous, all-girl, Los Angeles-based band of the mid ’70s, to see it in a theater?

Cherry Bomb was their big radio hit, Joan Jett the post-Runaways star. I’d almost forgotten about the band, which wasn’t at all a favorite musically, […]

Occasional Daily Photos

On the trip to Lotusland last week, on arrival looking for a 7:30 a.m. cup of coffee, found next-door to The Sacred Space. Which is where I sipped my coffee and took these photos April 13, 2011. (My oldest brother was a “surf bum” for a while in Santa Barbara, and years ago we camped […]