How quickly the eye adapts; adjusting to the new normal of a drought-ravished landscape; forgetting the wonders of spring! Although the promised abundance of rain has not materialized, enough has fallen to make a significant difference…
bright spring green of new foliage and new fruit…
new growth where there had appeared to be only dead wood…
amazing bronze of avocado leaves
and budding apricots
and hedge roses…
boysenberry vines re-emerging…
even small patches of grass becoming a lawn once again!
Are you also enjoying the gift of green???
Filed under Garden, Seasons
For the last several seasons I have not planted annuals, choosing instead to work to keep my established perennials alive and as healthy as possible in the midst of drought. Now in this first week of spring, I am missing fresh blooms to bring into the house.
Always struggling to keep the creeping ficus on the garden wall under control; cutting lovely new shoots nuanced with color from spring-green to rust…rather than relegating them to compost, why not first bring them inside…
Adversity, at its best, can introduce us to new ways of looking at and appreciating our individual worlds.
Bringing a bit of spring inside…and playing with colored pencils…
Filed under Art, Garden, Seasons
A hush has come over the orchard….trees in a state of resignation. Spring has come and nearly gone, taking with it the possibility of rain.
The field, yellow with mustard just several weeks ago,
Preparing for yet another family wedding here in July…a lovely reason to spend quality time with my trees.
Some have bravely put out new leaves,
and blossoms, in the naive belief that irrigation can replace rainfall.
Dew provides the only natural moisture.
Others have let go less hardy branches to conserve strength for healthier parts.
As I snip off dead wood and dry leaves, we talk, the trees and I, of drawing from our inner strength, minimizing self-inflicted stress, focusing on the future…
…and we pray for rain.
Spring has come to the garden, bringing luscious colors and bright green foliage….
…in the midst of drought!!!
Lake Cachuma, just over the Santa Ynez mountains, serves as a reservoir for our area. Seeing the lake over the weekend – a stark reminder of the severity of the situation: under 40% capacity, more than 50 feet below spill level. With another family wedding here in July, the conflict: to water, or not to water………???
Filed under Garden, Nature
As spring color invades my world here in Santa Barbara, one last look at Martha’s Vineyard.
A monochromatic palette has a beauty all its own.
I believe the eye hungers for and seeks color – even in the midst of monochrome.
Happy spring everyone……….especially to those who have waited so long!
Even as spring is held at bay on Martha’s Vineyard, the flora of winter shares its beauty and subdued color
the fence posts blossom
tree trunks shed bark to reveal color
the landscape and the locals all longing for spring………..
Even in the still-harsh environment of early spring on Martha’s Vineyard, signs of wildlife can be found
and domestic life
although we never sighted the owner of these prints we assumed domesticity!!!