After my husband left, asking initially for a separation, and then weeks later for a divorce, I really have to admit now, that at that time, I wanted nothing more than to go away too but I really wasn't able to do so since when you live with a chronic illness, saving money is far from easy.
|I think the yellow bloom is an Acacia, but let me know if you can ID it. Its companions are some lovely Agave americana or century plants.|
|I love this pine tree. Not sure which one it is but the needles are really long and beautiful.|
|I think this is Oxalis valdiviensis.|
She recently lost her father, so in a sense we're mourning simultaneously, but in very different ways.
|Nice little planter with some kind of Aloe.|
Being down in CA again, just south of San Francisco, has been relaxing and I'm glad I'm here.
|This is a planting in front of an apartment complex with possibly Aloe arborescens and some form of the common ice plant Delosperma cooperi.|
I have some big plans to visit some large gardens but today started off slowly and I just enjoyed a walk to and from the Trader Joe's.
|Here's some more of that amazing tangle of Aloe.|
|I really liked this gate.|
|I took this to text to my niece. She has a California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) tattoo.|
|Jade Tree hedge. Yes, the houseplant. Crassula ovata.|
|This quirky garden was hard to miss: Agave americana, Agapanthus, Canna.|
|Not sure I have ever seen a Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) used as a hedge. This was a first and it was pretty fun.|
Yes, somehow my love of nature and plants figures into this, but it is an ephemeral thing, something I feel and it has very little to do with anything I know.
|This little pocket on the walk back still had its native trees intact.|
When it is around me, I feel it, and it feels good and I am happy. Much of what all of this is comes out of some kind of happiness inside of me, and from the comfortable place I seek, where I can sit calmly finally and rest. It's been years since I've been able to do so. When my body was very swollen and reactive I lost my compass and I was out of touch with the outside world. For years I was truly adrift.
|Probably one of the best under-tree plantings I've seen in awhile.|
|Poor old Sequoia who had the burbs grow all around 'um.|
|I'm not sure which succulent this is growing in the English ivy but it looked nice in bloom.|
|I don't think this is the place to grow an Azalea (Rhododendron).|
|Golden Clock Vine, Thunbergia gregorii.|
PS: If you'd like to read the amazing post my hostess wrote to me on her blog about what I am going through, please check it out: Jess Out West: An Open Letter.
I have to admit that I really liked what she wrote and am honored and lucky to have her as a friend.