tree ballet performance for one

In a view from the garden office, lying on the pink divan found at the Long Beach flea market (remember those?), which we keep covered in a painter’s tarp, this clear blustery day is orchestrating a magnificent performance out of the garden. The cypresses contribute deep, side-to-side, majestic swaying movements, while the acacia’s small leaves ripple like water until a really big gust hits, then a branch jumps out of the chorus and begins an electrifying improv solo. The tetrapanax’s leaves manically fan up and down in an obsequious bit of comedy, and the whole garden surges and shudders and shimmies, and sometimes even in unison. I don’t usually catch this wind-driven ballet because I’m rarely lying on the divan in the office mid-day. That I’m doing so today is completely due to an emergency abdominal surgery over the weekend. During several movements of the tree ballet I wanted to jump up and grab a camera, take a video, but jumping up to do anything is out of the question for now. So I’ll be lying even lower — however impossible that sounds! — for a few weeks. Take care out there!

This photo Mitch took at the Central Coast has nothing to do with this post other than I think that’s a Monterey Cypress center of the photo and I always wonder will my lemon cypresses do that too someday? Because if so, three of them is far too many…
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4 Responses to tree ballet performance for one

  1. hb says:

    “emergency abdominal surgery” Uh, wha?!!?! Yikes! Sounds like you are mending now though…happy to know that. Take excellent care of yourself and have your men pamper you as you deserve: lavishly.

  2. Kris P says:

    I was intrigued by your lyrical description of the wind-driven ballet you observed (on show here too), when that came screeching to a halt with your announcement of emergency surgery! As if you needed more drama during this pandemic! I’m glad you were able to get the problem treated quickly and are home recovering in safety. Best wishes Denise! If there’s something I can do, let me know.

  3. Oh Denise! That does not sound good. Please take your rest seriously, that sounds like a surgery that could be set-back by an impromptu bit of gardening. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  4. Elaine says:

    What a crazy time for you. Glad you were able to get prompt help and are now home recovering. Viewing and enjoying the garden will help speed that along. Very important to rest (challenging I know) as abdominal surgeries need to heal from the inside out.

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