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friday clippings 4/24/15 (SoCal Spring Garden Show weekend)

Southern California’s Spring Garden Show started yesterday, 4/23/15, and continues through Sunday, 4/26/15. It’s always held in the enclosed “Home Store Wing” of the South Coast Plaza. This wing includes, among many other stores, Anthropologie, West Elm, Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware — you know them by their envy-inducing catalogues. […]

eat your lilies

How many times have we browsed through plant catalogue descriptions padded with chatty, ethnobotanic non sequiturs like such-and-such is an edible delicacy in its country of origin? Impatient to discover whether the object of your desire is frost hardy, does such arcane information sometimes strike you as an insufferable display of useless erudition?

Eat […]

my mom’s sweet peas

thanks, Mom, for sending me home with sweet peas last night. As insurance, in the fall I planted sweet peas at my mom’s house as well as my community garden plot. I neglected to water the sweet peas at my plot the entire month of March. I pulled those withered vines up a couple weeks […]

Wednesday clippings 4/15/15 (water on the brain)

Finally, a chance to spend some time with the blog again. There’s been lots of reading to catch up on, after the guv dropped that bombshell. (Pass the almonds.*)

One of the best sources of information I’ve found was right there on my blogroll, journalist Emily Green’s Chance of Rain. In concert with KCET, […]

poppy days

The Dwarf Breadseed Poppy is carrying the banner for spring here. Quite silky banners too.

No stranger to the blog, posts on this poppy go back to 2010. The above photo is from 2011.

And no disrespect intended for California’s state flower, the poppy Eschscholzia californica, but Papaver setigerum’s […]

All About Evie

All of my cats have been garden cats, but none more so than Evie. The usual drill for my cats has been lounge all day in the garden, then come into the house at night. Not Evie. She insisted on sleeping in the office (former garage), whose screenless window on the garden was always left […]