But I promised. Hope better late than never applies here.
My niece, Anka and her husband, Chet, are down from Portland for their spring break. They are the BEST house guests.
This bunny statue guards a patch of alyssum. The late Coberly Neal talked me into a trio to serve as garden art when she was the nursery manager for Sunshine Growers back in the days they had a retail location in nearby Walnut. If you missed their moving, they have consolidated their operations to Ontario, CA.
It wasn't so long ago that the rose foliage of the rose 'Betty Boop' was barely niblets the color of molten copper. Now, as the leaves have grown to the open position, their color is a deep burgundy. By the time the irrepressible flowers burst open, the mature foliage will be clean green for the rest of the year.
Nothing calls the bees faster than lavender. This exposed spot on the lot, sits at the corner of hot and dry. Around Saint Patrick'd Day, long-doormant freesia poke their heads through the lavender wands, adding color punch at the curb.
If you've never experienced the scent of fresh lavender- it is not quite the difference between a fresh steak and shoe leather. But you get the idea.
It will be dark soon. Look how the just opening bud of Brigadoon is a spotlight of happiness in the darkened landscape.
Tonight the family will be meeting up for dinner in Fullerton.
Our sons are taking full advantage of their cousin being here for dinner. They know I will do just about anything for love.
You see- they booked a table at Chomps Sushi and Teppan Grill.
I have never "done" sushi. I call sushi fishbait served in seaweed. I hope I know what Teppan is. If I'm right, I will be happy. If not, I started the new diet a day early.
I know there will be people there I like. No love. So I have opened up to trying a new experience. One never knows when the opportunity to be with someone will be taken away. So when in doubt- go for it.
Nothing lasts forever. I was in Chino Hills last week as the crew was dimantling the sign of The Great Indoors.
The store was a favorite haunt when it first opened. So much variety. Unfortunately, too often the sales force was untrained and unappreciative of what they had to offer the public. Their reputation suffered. With time, The Great Indoors became just another big box retailer in a crowded field.
I will miss it for what it was at first, what it could have been, but not for what it had become. At least in this community.
The 17 acre wholesale/ retail Sunshine Growers Nursery will give the uninitiated a good feel for the Ontario nursery's scope. http://www.sunshinegrowersnursery.com/
The website for Chomps looks promising. http://www.chompfullerton.com/