Sunday, July 06, 2014


so much work to make this...

so that 2 months later, it looks like this...

at work we've been watching the killdeer lay spotted eggs
 and hatch the cutest chicks, which then disappear 

the entry garden to the potager...

went crazy with container plants this year... 
couldn't decide on a color theme...
this is the blue/yellow section

the red/orange/black group


the selection this year at rosedale was spectacular; 
i couldn't control myself

saturday, july 5th, was cool enough to bake oat scones 
it's a lovely summer so far!

Sunday, April 27, 2014


at least it was only this much... temp was 27f...

the daffs hid their faces on the ground

i was amending the soil in the potager the day before...
you can see the nectarine trees in bloom... 
the flowers survived...

snow is a new backdrop for m. leonard messel

10 days later in the potager... 

all ready to be planted, pansies in place...

yoshino cherry and m. ruby (recovering from storms past)

colton frolicking with muddy feet...

Sunday, April 06, 2014


we traveled to london in march... 
more on the gardens later...
we happened upon street art in the brick lane area - i started noticing some really fine paintings, and then saw actual tour groups! so here are the best photos... the streets were slanted, and the light was not the best, as this was not planned.

 artist at work on the painting below

here's a street scene... note the pink monster at top and the car with the antlered grenade thingy... and the red car in the box. this quirky, entertaining neighborhood also had wonderful markets with food from all around the world.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


fall bouquet, picked yesterday
hydrangea 'limelight', mums, weed asters, mountain mint

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


two coyote pups are hanging around the campus at work....
they give new meaning to "coyote ugly"
poor things look pretty mangy

vegetables are still coming in this unusually warm october

Saturday, September 07, 2013


we've had a dry summer, but the harvest has been good

grasshopper visits brugmansia 'cypress gardens'

Sunday, August 11, 2013


"sure, hon, we can go on vacation for a week in august...."

upon our return, i was out with my headlamp to see the tomatoes decorating the potager! the garden did not let me down! time to make sauce?

two yellow crookneck squash that i picked in july...

Monday, July 22, 2013


here's the stag which figured out how to wriggle under my front garden deer fence and ate all my hostas before we could fix it... my daughter saw him within our fence at 2am... looks like he is a 6 pointer or more...

we put higher fences to keep the poodle in, and the result is actual day lilies blooming!

my husband took this clethra with the telephoto, since we were trying to photograph hummingbirds, but the light was nice

male and female gold finches enjoying marguerite daisy and sage seeds