More garden beauty to help us through home confinement
I want to continue the theme I started in Monday's post, The garden is giving back when I need it the most, because we need our gardens now more than ever. Feeling stressed—or worse, overwhelmed—seems to be the new normal for many of us. The rational part of our mind knows that this, too, shall pass, but being confronted with so much uncertainty can wear down the strongest of us.
I'm not immune to any of this, but I try hard not to get swept away by the constantly changing news cycles. Focusing on work helps, and there's Tofu, our new canine family member, to take my mind off the headlines. And if all else fails, I step outside into the garden with eyes wide open. There's so much to see right now that it doesn't take long for my mind to recalibrate itself. It would be so much harder to make it through this crisis without the beauty so generously given by the plants we tend.
|Bee on Grevillea 'Kings Fire'|
More photos taken over the last few days:
|Speaking of Grevillea 'Kings Fire', here it is in all its glory. It's getting a bit too big for this space, so judicious pruning will be needed. I've been waiting for it to take a breather from blooming, but it's been in overdrive since fall.|
|The spot where the awful, terrible, no-good city-owned Bradford pear tree had been. Soooo much better now!|
|The yellow-flowering plant is Calylophus drummondianus. The aloe is Aloe cameronii.|
|This is just around the corner from the image above. Bromelia pinguin (in the tall Corten planter) has turned a beautiful red.|
|Our little dudleya corner just inside the fenced-in area of the front garden; Dudleya brittonii is getting ready to flower|
|Our biggest and oldest fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis) beginning to flower in the back yard|
|I'd say it's 12-15 years old. I can't quite remember when I bought it, but it's been in this pot for most of its life.|
|To me, nothing says “spring is here” better than nasturtiums (possibly except for California poppies). The nasturtiums were here when we bought the house 20+ years ago, and I let enough of them go to seed every year to keep the cycle going.|
|Tofu, our American bulldog × lab mix, is quite the explorer. He also likes to eat potting soil!|
|Sunny corner off the dining room|
|This is one of my favorite vignettes in the garden right now. Bromeliads, annuals, perennials, and the mighty (or soon to be!) Agave salmiana var. ferox 'Mediopicta'.|
|Carex phyllocephala 'Sparkler'. I have two now, both bought in Portland. I've never seen it for sale here in Northern California. This is a plant a lot of people would buy if only they could get their hands on it!|
The garden will continue to be my main source of inspiration for the foreseeable future. Having said that, I'm itching to spread out beyond the confines of our shelter-in-place bubble and start seeing friends and other gardens again.
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