Firesticks and Red Hot Pokers

Firesticks and Red Hot Pokers

Firesticks and Red Hot Pokers

I Love You California!

I Love You California!

Spring is in the air and in my step…it’s amazing what a little rain will do. The white crowned sparrows are singing in the trees and the bees are buzzing in all the native California plants. Ever since I saw the Jeep ad, I can’t stop singing “I Love You California!” Turns out, it’s not […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s 80 degrees and sunny this Valentine’s Day in LA. For those of you stuck in the Polar Vortex, my heart goes out to you. It is blue and covered with spines, but I’ll take it over the alternative. With permission from the horse ranch at Beachwood Canyon, I lugged home a chunk of “Big […]

Creepy Crawlers

Creepy Crawlers

With Halloween around the corner, my thoughts turn to the childhood joys of free candy and Creepy Crawlers. In 1964, Mattel released a diabolical activity toy by that name, which was, essentially, an Easy-Bake Oven for boys, but instead of inedible cupcakes, you churned out toxic gummy worms.  I wanted one desperately. My parents never […]

You can’t spell “blog” without “log”

You can’t spell “blog” without “log”

Saturday at around 7 pm, the doorbell rings. Mark  immediately responds with “No. thank you, we’re not interested,” thus fulfilling his husbandly duty of deterring yet another of an onslaught of solicitors who peddle everything from tree work to eternal salvation. Except this time, I recognized the truck out front. And in it was an […]

Walk in Beauty

Walk in Beauty

I joined the sustainability group at Los Angeles Valley College because two professors whom I respect are members and they were looking for volunteers.  The signal achievement of the committee is the acquisition of Tree Campus status for the college, an honor bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation. Little ol’ LAVC is the only community […]

Artists and Island Gardens

Artists and Island Gardens

Like many people, I look forward to reading Robert Genn’s Twice Weekly blog. If you aren’t familiar with him, Robert Genn is a Canadian landscape painter who happens to write extremely well. Each entry is an insightful essay marked by a generosity of spirt. One entitled “Summer Joy” caught my fancy well enough to check […]

Orange Crush

Orange Crush

A profligate impulse buy for some women is a pair of Jimmy Choos. Me, I walk into a farmer’s market to pick up a few veggies and come home with a pomegranate tree. Small children and dogs know that late June is the absolute worst time to plant anything in LA, what with four months […]

A Tale of Two Caterpillars

A Tale of Two Caterpillars

This is a tale of two caterpillars: the Gulf Fritillary and the Tomato Hornworm. The former, I invited into my garden; the latter is an unwanted guest. To my eyes, both are beautiful, but I revere creepy crawly things more than most people. The Gulf Fritillary grows up to be a beautiful orange butterfly; the […]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Free Pups!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Free Pups!

We’re not talking Chihuahuas; we’re talking  Agave Tequiliana (aka Blue Agave) pups. This handsome Mexican native anchors my Los Angeles garden and produces prodigious numbers of offspring with no help from birds or bees or me. The pups are the genetically identical baby plants that spring up from the base of the parent. While the plant can […]