Saturday, February 17, 2007
my garden

It was such a gorgeous day today, warm and sunny and beautiful. So I went down into my garden below my house and took a good look around. I saw so many beautiful things....like in that picture above....these flowers are blooming all over the hill right now....they bloom on a succulant that kind of grows like a weed, and the flowers are in such abundence right now, you can't even see the plant itself.Here above is another shot of some of those flowers and a number of other lovely plants that are thriving right now....In the background is that wonderful mountain with those favorite trees of mine....(more about them later....)...and beyond that is Century City and beyond that, the Pacific Ocean.

A few people asked about "George"...and so here is an update on him, in the picture below. You can see there are quite a few buttons and then some 'nubs' already doing their thing, too....this all began in January....So dear George, who is actually not down below but out in front of my house, is once again doing his flower thingy, which if you remember, takes a good nine months usually, from the very beginning to the opening of the fruit....here below is a close-up of a few little nubs as of today.For those of you who followed this 'happening' last year, as you can see we are still in the very early stages of this fantastic magical process.....

Just down a bit from George on the left as you face my house is this enormous Euphorbia Amak Verigated also right out front on the street near the sidewalk....It is full with flowers on the top arms right now and these little flowers attract the bees....lots and lots and lots of bees....I will be taking more pictures of this phenomenom, maybe later today or tomorrow.


Returning to the garden underneath my house, here below is a picture of this gorgeous Euphorbia Medusa....It is looking absolutely lush, lush, lush right now with this beautiful crown of little gorgeous yellow flowers....Another wonderful plant that is thriving, I'm happy to say....Just look at these stunning dear flowers...!
Standing near the Medusa, I looked up and took this shot....a long shot from a different perpspective looking at that mountain across from me with my dear sweet trees in the background and these two big Euphorbia's here in the foreground....on the left is an Ingens and on the right another Amak Verigated....And then, here below are my trees in close-up....a daytime mid-day close-up and closer than usual because of my vantage point....
Oh my, I sure do love my garden....it is so filled with hope. Everywhere I look, there is hope. And it fills my heart with the beauty that is everywhere....everywhere that my eyes can see and observe and that I can then take into my being. Life is good.







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34 Comments:
had this to say:

Looking at your garden, your plants, your view, your WEATHER is almost enough to make me forget that it's about 10 degrees out here. Honestly, I don't know why I live in a place that gets cold.

I'm serious though. When I look at your photos it genuinely makes me feel good, and reminds me that Spring is around the corner for us.

Here by way of michele today, Naomi!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 4:15:00 AM PST 

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I do believe your garden knows how much you love every plant there and so produces as much beauty for you to see as it can possibly can...

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM PST 

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Wonderful photo's and narrative as ever. I really feel like I have been on a tour of your garden with you.

That Euphorbia Medusa looks like something alien in a way. It is such a strange plant but those little yellow flowers are lovely. I always love cactus flowers - they are often very beautiful and come from the most unlikely looking buds on these strange prickly plants.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 6:26:00 AM PST 

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Your garden is thriving!
I'm so glad your weather warmed up nicely and that you took a nice stroll outside.
It is unusually windy today here, so I will be staying inside. It isn't terribly cold, but that wind is enough to keep me inside on this restful Saturday.
I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 10:35:00 AM PST 

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Oh it's so wonderful to see your beautiful flowers and gardens. I'm jealous of your sunny, warm temps too*giggles*. It's snowing here today and the only green or flowers here are my indoor plants. And they aren't looking that great *LOL*. Thanks for giving me a glimmer that spring will soon be here:-). Have A Great Day!!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 10:36:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

As I sit here and it's -12C and we have a food of snow on the ground, all I can say is that I'm quite envious of you right now!! :)

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 11:06:00 AM PST 

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This weather is getting me in the mood for spring and planting. It is such a gorgeous day today that we're taking a drive to San Vicente lighthouse and park to whale watch from the bluffs. It should be fabulously clear. I'm in the mood to smell the ocean and feel its breezes. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 1:19:00 PM PST 

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That Medusa is my favorite, I remember it from your video. I wish I could plant something beautiful like that here, but it'd die before it even got started. I'm stuck with daisies, roses, lilacs, and black eyed susans. Boring, but at least it's sumthin'!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 2:04:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

My Miata is red Naomi and I love it to bits. I will post a pic of it sometime when I've washed it - LOL! It is such fun to drive!

Thanksd for stopping by - I always love your visits. Funnily enough, I do intend to go to LA one day.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 4:31:00 PM PST 

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Now I am looking forward for summer upon seeing the fabulous pictures of your plants and your garden. They all look so robust, full of colour and life!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 4:52:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi - it must be close to year now since I found you - the pictures are beautiful - nice to watch George flower once again ---- incredible amarylis!!!!! Love and hugs always

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 5:14:00 PM PST 

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Life IS good Naomi -- and your garden is gorgeous as EVER! I absolutely adore that medusa plant! I can see why it is given that name! It just ALWAYS amazes me the flowers that these succulent plants produce!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 5:52:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Your garden is gorgeous...I love all of the cacti you've shown.

Kendra

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 6:35:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I love visiting your blog and finding photos of your surroundings. So beautiful--and so different from where I live. The fact that you appreciate it so much is wonderful.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 8:07:00 PM PST 

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Wow, Naomi! As you might have guessed, I love the orange/salmon/peachy colored flowers! So abundant! It's life bursting forth! Do the hummingbirds like them?

Love the blooms esp. Gorgeous photos. And the skies have been so clear the last two days!

~S :)

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 9:00:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Life IS good, Naomi. There is always something wonderful in our lives if we just look for it. You don't have to go far to see it, do you?!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 9:40:00 PM PST 

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So so beautiful, and a great reminder that soon enough, spring will happen here and there will be bulbs and flowers and lots and lots of green. I can't wait.

You know what I've been meaning to ask you? That euphorbia that you had to take down after the storm about a year ago, and you were going to try and root some of the branches you saved? Well, did that work for you or did you have to get rid of the whole thing?

Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 10:42:00 PM PST 

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I love so much to see your garden and your gorgeous plants! Would be so nice a walk with you, seeing this wonderful garden and beautiful blue sky! Have a lovely Sunday! Kisses to you and Sweetie.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 4:38:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Love those blossoms!

So exciting after such a long wait.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 5:27:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I love the beautiful pictures you take from your garden. YOur garden sounds wonderful, how large is it?

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 5:40:00 AM PST 

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You have a garden of extrodinary beauty. A garden like that comes not out of neglect, but of love. I'm really impressed by the richness of flowering magnificense and the quality of your photos.

Thanks for sharing your wonders

=^.^=

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 6:04:00 AM PST 

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As you know, I had been thinking about your garden and wondered how everything was doing, including George!! I always love your garden pictures and your descriptions of them. That Medusa is so lovely. I have never seen anything like that before. Very spectacular to say the least!!!

Those bees are enjoying your garden! Can't say I blame them, it is lovely!! Thanks for sharing dear Naomi!!

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 6:16:00 AM PST 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Yes, Naomi: life is good when you stop to smell the flowers. Wonderful pics...

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 8:26:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Stunning! Just stunning.

Wish I were there.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 10:54:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

What a refreshing and beautiful post. I loved the pictures.
I enjoyed my visit. Thank you for sharing your wonderful world full of hope with us. Life is good.

Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PST 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

That first picture is so gorgeous, the color... a peachy coral. Do bees love these plants as well? I wonder if all the bees winter in California. You couldn't find one around here right now if your life depended on it.

We had snow... well, we had flakes again for about a half an hour but the temps are falling and it is blustery outside. Low tonight 22.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 3:38:00 PM PST 

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Such a great variety of cacti and such wonderful blooms.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 5:02:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I find the cacti around your house absolutely amazing, Naomi. The variety and size just floor me. Like Bob-kat said--they're so alien looking. Your weather is quite enviable too. Been very windy and hovering right at the freezing mark here all day. Brrrr!

Michele sent me over to your Hills to see you, Naomi.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 5:40:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Marisa
had this to say:

boo hoo, my husband has decided to leave me to come and live at your place. We both think your garden is beautiful and he loves the way you move that lens and create magic. Gotta go so I can pack his bags.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 6:12:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I thought of you and your garden every day we were in St Martin and I saw the cacti and aloe growing naturally. It must be so nice to wake to such beautiful things every day. I'm jealous!

Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 6:30:00 PM PST 

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*breathing a deep, peaceful sigh*

Lovely.

Of course, it's raining tonight and tomorrow... :)

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 12:21:00 AM PST 

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all those plants are so foreign to me.... it's really neat to see what grows in other parts of the country. thanks for sharing! do bees pollinate the cacti? or are they pollinated a different way? and what type of plant is that in the first couple of pictures, with the little orange bell-like flowers?

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:12:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Oh! I've been so protected. I must come to LA sometime and see these plant creatures for myself!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 5:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

You aren't the only one who loves your garden. Because of your photos, your words & dedication so many of us also love your garden. I've never seen anything as amazing as "Euphorbia Medusa"...it is a wreath made by Mother Nature. And those orange flowers, are they named some sort of 'bells'? The look as though they should be.
Oh, George! I can't imagine your plants not feeling your love. And George must feel especially loved.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 5:25:00 PM PST 

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