Inner Gardens, Los Angeles

Hat tip to Miss Rumphius’ Rules for recently blogging on Inner Gardens, which put the sliver in my brain to check out *Stephen Block’s garden antiques emporium in Culver City. Today I worked just a couple miles down the road so popped in for a quick visit. (I’ve been a long-time fan of […]

more garden

I just couldn’t make the leap to water gardening last year and still don’t feel the undeniable urge this year to find the answers to all the questions I still have, so the intended water garden, a 3X2 foot steel tank found at a local flea market, has been planted.

The few small holes […]

fertilizer and its discontents

My dainty coronilla reminds me of Cytisus battandieri a little bit, which is another member of the vast legume family. All legumes have the ability to convert and “fix” atmospheric nitrogen, making it available to plants as a natural fertilizer.

“Although it is the most abundant element in the atmosphere, nitrogen from the […]

Delosperma sphalmanthoides

Growing quietly last October

And startling me yesterday by erupting with these tiny, starry blooms.

The flower buds go unnoticed until bloom, buried deep like sea anemones. Along with Tufted Iceplant, another of its common names is Sea Anemone Iceplant, a diminutive cushion from South Africa that doesn’t favor the bone-dry conditions […]

what’s growing in the lab

Science = Illumination

(via Design Sponge)

Scientists deserve the highest praise for illuminating the world around us. Designer Pani Jurek seems to feel the same way, naming this test-tube chandelier in honor of scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie.

To borrow a word Ms. Curie coined (“radioactivity”), I find these chandeliers, well, simply radiant.


Tuesday’s children

Monday’s child is fair of face Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day Is bonny and blithe and good and gay. […]


Life aboard an old, creaky 1919 bungalow often feels like living on a boat to me. Many years ago we were actually this close to buying an old wooden boat to live on and sail, called the “Anteak.” I’m still not sure which antique would have been more labor intensive to maintain, the old wooden […]

an afternoon at the museum

“Modern design was born from the marriage of art and industry.” – “The Architect and the Painter,” Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey

I was worried the exhibit would be over by the time I finally scooted over to Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Living in a Modern Way,” open until June 3, 2012, part […]

Foliage Followup January 2012

Out of all the smooth-leaved attractions from agaves and succulents, Ozothamnus hookeri ‘Sussex Silver’ gets the nod this January for Pam at Digging’s Foliage Followup. Divine shrubbiness. I never noticed its bloom last year, just the aftermath — the dried, beige flowers hung on forever and ever. This is the most pristine I’ve seen it […]

Bloom Day January 2012

Bloom Day brought the rain back. A solid month of dry weather and blue skies was getting very tedious. Thank you, Carol! And congratulations on five years of hosting Bloom Days at May Dreams Gardens.

Much of what was blooming in December still holds. The cloud forest salvias from Mexico like S. chiapensis flower well […]