One of the best parts about hiking my local trails every day is seeing the subtle shifts that happen from week to week. Each week, I pass by the same places and watch dozens of tiny developments unfold within each season. After years of hiking the same trails, I have especially grown to look forward to the succession of wildflowers that each period brings. Last spring, while hiking through my favorite canyon, I discovered a brand new flower…Read More
Music from my garden
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Andy Warhol
When I slow down to take in the world around me, I am overwhelmed by the beauty and magic that surrounds us. These moments of wonder change and inspire me and I hope they will uplift you, too.
One thing I love the most about springtime in my garden is that the conditions are just right for change. There is always a plant that needs more or less sun or a bit more room to really thrive. Moving a plant can be terrifying. If a large plant or tree has been there a long time, the whole job starts with the acceptance that you aren’t going to be able to get all the roots. You dig as deep as you can, save as many as you can, but eventually, you are going to have to cut or break some of the large roots to get the plant free….Read More
Spring is slowly creeping in here in the Bay Area. As my fruit trees begin to fill with tiny blossoms and daffodils push through the ground, it’s clear that nature is moving forward into a new season. There is no holding back this progression. Deciduous plants can’t choose to stay in their dormant stage, whether they want to or not. Although we pretend we have control over the ebb and flow of our lives, they follow certain inevitable cycles, as well …Read More
A few years ago, I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Inside the greenhouse area, I was completely stunned to see the magnificent Cissus verticillata plant for the first time. At first, I didn’t even realize I was looking at a plant because this fascinating specimen has aerial roots that hang down like garlands. How incredible to think of letting your roots, your very source of life, hang totally exposed to the world! With no soil to protect them, everything that makes this plant exist is left completely vulnerable for all to see.Read More
When I was growing up my family spent a few weeks every summer in El Portal, California, just outside Yosemite National Park. During the day, we splashed around in the river, in an area where the rapids were not too dangerous. We spent hours hopping from one rock to the next to cross the river. When you are down in the canyon in the midst of very powerful rapids, the sound is almost deafening and the velocity of the river is ominous. Looking down on all of this grandeur from the riverbank is a completely different experience. From this distance, the force of the river is inspiring…Read More