Thursday, March 19, 2015

Finding My Zen In A Garden

     I had the opportunity to spend three weekend days in Anderson's LaCosta garden nursery in a north county beach community of San Diego. It was December, and I was invited to participate in an artisan holiday marketplace to sell succulent plant arrangements.

   I spent the days in a lovely location in a shady spot, 

surrounded by plants, and chirping birds.
 Not a bad gig for me, since I love being in a garden.

  You probably know that many women pine for Italian Ferragamos or French Loubutin heels-- and I, too, like a well designed shoe.
 But, I pine for evergreen trees, Schwarzkopf aeoniums, designer succulents, the scent of stephanotis blossoms in my front yard, and kumquats from my backyard.

These sunny looking aeoniums

and Christmas cactus in bloom can bring out the best in me.
As the song goes, these are a few of my favorite things.

Fountains all around the nursery 

provided a background chorus of running water--music to my ears.

 In the orchid room,

like a bouncing ball,
 my eyes went from one beautiful bloom

to the next, practically sending me into a hypnotic state.

And I lusted after all the pots, 

in every size and color.

The texture on this pot sent me over the moon.
Now it sits on my patio, planted with succulents, of course.

I obsessed over the head planters,

mulling over how I might style their succulent hair.

But the buddha statuaries suggested a more meditative mood.

I was in a nursery all day and under the under the spell of a garden, and it was soothing away my stress better than a full body massage. That's not too surprising--after all, Buddha himself found nirvana while meditating for weeks on end under a tree.

As it happens, I found a little unexpected zen myself,
while sitting for a few days under the  shade of this garden.

And I took that home, too.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks For Love And Gardens

The rose.
I cannot think of another flower that has the power of a rose.

Whether a single bloom, 

a dozen,

 or a field full,

nothing says it the same: I love you, 

Be Mine.

And, of course, there's the 'I'm sorry' bouquet.

So, while much of the USA is currently under unusually early blankets of November snow and an arctic blasts from the north,

let's take a break from weather reality and, albeit briefly,
fall under the spell of the one of the best rose gardens in the country.

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon is an elegantly designed garden, surrounded by tall shrubs and evergreens. I'm thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend, that I live on the west coast, with mild weather year round.

On a road trip from San Diego to Seattle this past summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to garden hop along the way. It was my first visit to this garden.

If you really are a rose lover, this is the one to see. 

Gorgeous blooms.

Trellises, leafy shrubs are studded with blooms. Grandifloras, and hybrids

 with meticulous borders

and a green arena. 
Despite the fabulous roses at this garden, I admit this was my favorite view.

I'm thankful for inspired garden designers and the beauty of nature.
I'm thankful for gardens, plants and blooms. They take me away to another place and 
bring joy to my day.

And I am so thankful for the love in my life.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Villa Cimbrone Rocks A View

The garden of Villa Cimbrone, in Ravello, Italy, 

has simple elegance,
 and a killer background.

American writer Gore Vidal once noted, "The most beautiful sight that I have ever seen in the world is the panoramic view from Villa Cimbrone on a bright winter's day, when the sky and the sea are so vividly blue that it is not possible to distinguish them from each other."

After all, why fool with Mother Nature?

Rustic pots and a stone wall combine with mountain ranges

manicured shrubs mix with tall evergreens.

This villa, dating back to the 11th century, is now a hotel. 

It has splendor and charm,


and romance,

 and Italian stone pines that frame a view of the city built into the hills.

Villa Cimbrone is worth a visit, whether you are going for a luxurious weekend 

or just a luxurious stroll in a garden with a view.

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