|Wintersweet aka Chimonanthus in bloom.|
Yesterday our friend—and host during a portion of our trip—took me to visit his friend's tree nursery in the city of Napa: Main Street Trees. One of the first things we saw was this amazing Wintersweet shrub in bloom and immediately I knew I wanted to use some of it for an ikebana arrangement.
Even on the dashboard I loved its angularity.
|The candied pieces at the bottom of this image are from a Buddha's Hand.|
It was amazing to try so many fruits I'd only seen pictures of in books.
As you can see, our hostess was incredibly generous, and best of all, she served a blood orange—one of my favorites.
This is Willow, their German Shepard. Oh!, plant people and their pets. I get it and I imagine you do too.
It reminded me to always think over plant associations.
There were bees—lots of bees, and I heard hens, but unfortunately, we had to run so I didn't get to visit with them.
During my drive I kept thinking about this picture I'd snapped while visiting. It was my eldest niece's 20th birthday yesterday and she has a tattoo of a California poppy. Seeing the roses only reminded me of home: Portland, aka the City of Roses. I didn't drink any of the wine, but I liked the label, and besides, wine is the connection now between the two states we go back and forth between.
Ciao from Lake County, California...