This site is dedicated to all who believe that a Very Good Life depends upon our capacity to open our hearts and minds to the goodness which surrounds us- and sharing it.
The viewpoint expressed here is that of a traditional woman who believes our most important legacy is what we leave behind in the hearts of others is our most important legacy.
Godspeed and Good Fortune to all who enter here.
Our little Eden, complete with the occasional snake, is USDA Zone 9B. Nested high in a chaparral filled valley, ground level is 957’ above sea level. The view is incredible. The specific climate is mostly Sunset Zone 20. I don’t want stalkers, so we’ll skip the GPS info. It is pretty glorious to live here in the land of 2 seasons: Fire and mudslide.
This journal is filled with enthusiastic strivings to fulfill the suburbanite fantasy of keeping a country home.
As context is important, on occasion a bit of history or commentary on current events is dropped in.
This site, including the pictures and text, is protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. I grant you prior permission to use my feed, quotes of 100 words or less as long as you give credit. If you wish to use more, please e-mail me.
If in any case, I have posted images or text against the owner's wishes, please contact me so I can adjust asap, with my sincerest apology.
Friday, October 14, 2011
GBBD - October Mornings
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
While the coffee brewed and I am out with the puppies for our morning inspection came the aha moment that confirmed I was awake - this time of year the moon sets in the sky not far from where the sun will swoon tonight.
In the quiet of early morning the sky blooms as though one with the garden. There is no bright line where the 'Betty Boop' roses stop and colored clouds rise on the horizon.
The 'Julia Child' roses send their cheer as I walk back to the kitchen. In the day planner is a list to-do. Plan A- included trimming away disfigured leaves from the grapefruit, tangerine and lemon trees, then dousing their leaves with Spinosad.
The strip of bare dirt a neighbor keeps as a fire break never looks better than when triple digit temperatures visit us. Today the temperature sputtered somewhere in the mid-90's. The cooling trend portends longer days outside in our famously pleasant weather.
This lovely little succulent has all the colors of the sunset captured on its leaves- just like the little ceramic fairy painted them. Annie Hayes (of Annie's Annuals) says of one of my favorite in its class -
"The first time I saw Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Pinky’ without hesitation I fell in love with its densely crowded leaves in sensual sunset hues forming highly attractive trailing rosettes. This was a succulent I could really admire."
If you hurry to Annie's Annuals catalog- you just might catch the 20% off fall sale. Even if you don't- you will catch a smile. The site is just so darned irrepressibly cute.
Back in my front garden. The last of the stephanotis bloom is about to open and send her perfume into the night air. The collection of pots is largely moved, opening a blank wall that maybe someday will be a backdrop for a wall fountain.
My ambition sometimes exceeds my stature. In my forever seeking perfection through rearrangement- there are two gargantuan pots still to position. A squat cauldron- like pot needing to be squeezed to the back through the narrow side yard and one tall heffer are left to lift. My regular tree man and his helpers are scheduled to help me get these off the check list next week. By asking the crew to come when working in Diamond Bar is so much cheaper than asking for a special trip for so small a job.
This little lovely rose looks like a miniature 'Renae'. So romantic in her casual abundance. I've lost her tag. Guess I'll have to buy another to call her properly):-
If you desire to walk about more gardens, hop over to Carol May's garden. A fellow garden writer and member of the Dirty Hands Girl Club, the gates to Garden Blooming Blog Day should open soon.