Friday, December 3, 2010

Do You See What I See?

Green Agave Poster by Debra Lee Baldwin
Beauty knows no season. But the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Three Kings Days exist to shamelessly share.

Photojournalist and author of two best-selling books: Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens Debra Lee Baldwin  has a new Internet Store featuring her artwork.

5 weeks after foot surgery I am able to walk the garden. Peering through the lanky Mexican Sage (Salvia leucantha for you Latin lovers) were the blue halos of  Agapanthus africanus 'Peter Pan Blue'. 

 One of the most simply uplifting Christmas Carols was written against the darkly complex backdrop of  the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker reversed roles as composer/ lyricist to give birth to "Do You Hear What I Hear?"  On November 22nd 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated at virtually the same time Bing Crosby recorded the version on the day's play list here.

If you haven't turned on your holiday music- what are you waiting for?

Paper Whites (Narcissus tazetta) spritz the air with their fragrance. From a half dozen bulbs they have multiplied. Wherever they have multiplied: there are no gopher mounds erupting like a teenager in need of a dermatologist.

The  determinedly digging rodent's  have been camping out where the traditional vegetable plot lays dormant. Clearly, they enjoyed my absence-(:

The planned  garden renovation now includes ringing this  area with the daffodil relatives. The bulbs will provide an invisible subterranean fence. Then next year, instead of seeing gopher mounds- delightful little clumps of scented bouquets will be blossoming.

Top 3 images by Debra Lee Baldwin. Used with permission.


  1. Lydia! Those daffodils just glow. You're making me wish I'd planted some. I like the delicate elegance of yours.

    Hope you are healing well.

  2. Hi, Lydia -- Your blog is lovely and beautifully done. I'm so pleased you like my artwork. Thank you so much for mentioning my new online store. You rock! Happy holidays, Sweetie ;+)


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