Monthly Archives: February 2011

Squash & Carrot Soup ‘Sunshine in a Bowl’

Growing up around my home we called it pottage, a thick blended vegetable soup: hearty, healthy, rich and welcoming, served with a thick slice of French bread and butter.  What was great about it was that you could use almost … Continue reading

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Lotus crassifolius ‘otayensis’ (Big Deervetch)

What a delicious plant I stumbled on at Grow Native the other day.  Tucked in among the more common Ceanothus and Manzanita, was this delicate silver leafed delight, the lotus crassifolius var. otayensis, otherwise known as Big Deervetch.  I was … Continue reading

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Three Tips for California Natives

It’s Spring!  It’s Spring!  Or at least it feels like Spring here in Southern California.  We’ve had winter rains and the weather is so deliciously warm that everywhere things are already starting to bud.  I can feel that pull, almost … Continue reading

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Garden Memories

My garden is the proverbial ‘cobbler’s son has no shoes.’   That is to say, considering it is the garden of a landscape designer it is neither landscaped nor designed in any particular way.   But after years of apologizing to visitors … Continue reading

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The Magic of Nature

How many of us, at the age of 6 or 7 believed in magic?  I certainly know I did.  Sometimes it was jumping on my parent’s bed playing ‘I dream of Jeannie’ with my sister.  Wearing my hair in a … Continue reading

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