Sunday, October 05, 2014


finally i'm posting this summer's photos... august...

the new tomato bed on the south side of the house 

entrance to the potager

brugmansia did well this year

fancy portulaca, which was a bright spot in the summer heat

colton posing in front of a harvest

we were gone for a week in summer; here's the harvest
we had so many tomatoes that i roasted & froze 4 dozen and gave away lots

the night blooming cereus usually blooms around my birthday in late august

sunflowers did well this year, though everything was late

i'm fond of this color combination

you can see the potager thinning out here in september

the nasturtium grew up the fence

annual salvia and zinnias in the center of the potager

the lespedeza had a nice show, despite the dry weather
good bye, summer!

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.