Along the way: Pink and Yellow

As much as I miss living in the Bay, there is one thing I don’t miss and that is cold nights. Evenings will always be cool, unless there is a very blue moon, you may get a temporary and fleeting warm night. So naturally, my skin and I are just loving these balmy nights we are having here in the South..

Subsequently, I’ve been taking leisurely strolls through my neighborhood either on foot or on my bike, and I’m discovering (literally) that it is the best time to do my pruning.
I happened upon a few stems of this (pink) and that (yellow), coupled with a lovely branch of something dried. And into a discarded Topo Chico bottle it goes. Simple and impromptu is just my style.

A few days earlier I discovered these pretty pink blooms that work well with existing dried  crespedia. Not quite sure what flower it is, but I’m a fan of hot pink flowers so I couldn’t resist taking some for the road. Has a bit of a tropical feel to it no?

Loquat tree

For the past few months I’ve been filling various vases with these large, sturdy and very long-lasting leaves from a tree in my backyard. To be honest, I had no idea what the tree was.

And suddenly one day I went out back and there was fruit on the tree. Not so much as it’s a gold mine, as it is- a gold mine. Loquats!

Loquats and a Mountain Bird” by anonymous Chinese artist of the Southern Song Dynasty

First, I filled the tiny vase with the loquat trimmings..

And today I added the clippings to some Craspedia and Bottle Brush (I happened upon on a rainy stroll) for a more composed look. I’m quite fond of this little arrangement I must say. You can also guarantee I will be taking more snips from the tree to use at work for morning galettes.

Arpeggi: Cogitative


What I’d like to see on Washington Avenue

Mammoth red clover and Calendula from the  Utility Research Garden

Tree view

Work moment: Beet, Arugula, Pickled vegetable and Pomegranate tart with Dairy Maids Sand Creek Gouda, Calendula and blooming Cima di rapa (said in one breath)

Amongst the Arugula

Look up

Limes and figs with blooming lime

Yellow, Pink and Green

Ventured out yesterday to properly enjoy the phenomenal 77 degree weather that was occurring. If only it would last and last…but anyhow I happened to notice some lovely mini-sunflowers and lantana growing in a vacant lot near the train tracks.
In the bag they went. Where else would they go?

There’s also a lime and fig tree nearby, so I delicately snipped some trimmings from each tree. Also added a few stems of nondescript greens, that were clogging a pathway in the front and really needed to be removed.

Because the flower elements were short to begin with, I went with a natural hand-tied bouquet which I later plopped into the aqua ball jar.

Simple and understated.

Leaf watch

Discovering more random leaves and blooms sprouting in the front and back yard. These tiny pink blooms are quite exciting, just wish I knew what they are. I trimmed more of these mysterious branches to fill another vase (below).

Fast forward a few days and most of the branches have opened up with these tiny pink flowers. I added more to a small vase, after the wildflowers perished with the sudden ‘heat wave’. Tulips are no longer on the mind….this week.


As much as I miss living in the Bay area, I have to admit one thing: I don’t miss having perpetually dry skin, under constant layers of clothing. Here we are in March and the temperatures around these parts have been in the low 70’s at night and almost in the 80’s during the day. It is all a little strange, a little pleasant and also a little scary (foreshadowing to early Summer). We’ve had some consistent rain this year  and with the mild temperatures, everything is popping up with color.

I’ve been enjoying this early evening weather by running in the Bayou, and I couldn’t help notice these beauties on my way out yesterday.

A neighbor’s yard is filled with fresh new whispers of blooms. They are all multi-colored wildflowers and these happen to be sneaking out side of the fence.

Though not the longest lasting as a cut flower, they sure do make a temporary presence that is undoubtedly enchanting.