Thursday, January 21, 2016

Revisiting the Blue Poppy

Among the most magical of plants,
the Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) is quite the mythic character within our community of avid gardeners.
At one time it could be found growing to perfection in the Pacific Northwest
at the Berry Botanic Garden, which sadly now, has shuttered its gates.
It was in this setting of rare flora that I first came upon a vigorous stand of blue poppies
intermingled with blooms of pink, peach, and red!
An unforgettable sight.

Be that as it may, I'm currently enjoying a very wet San Francisco Bay Area winter,
where Napa & Sonoma Wine Country always beckons
Especially when the sun decides to peep through the clouds.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Paris in the Fall ...

These delectable cheeses featured in a picnic lunch last Fall, while traveling through the South of France: 
purchased at a market in the delightful town of Uzès, in this instance.

But the fact is, I'm mired in the technical so-called 'back-end' of the blog today.

While I would love to do nothing more than reflect on the magnificent sights, sounds and flavors experienced in Paris & Provence last September ... Case in point, this terrific potager in the charming wine village of Tavel,

I'm engaged instead in a frustrating battle with an advertisement that I have been unable to remove from my posts here.

I would much prefer to recall the jaw-dropping beauty of Gordes

and the wonderful Sunday in Paris, when I strolled along the elevated gardens of the 'Promenade Plantee' - where a staircase right outside the door of my Air B&B allowed access.

C'est la vie!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Echium Blooms .. San Francisco Marina

All along San Francisco's Marina Green walkway 
the Echiums are attracting bees & hummingbirds to their lavish spikes!

The bluest blue, purple and even pink specimens 
are on display. 
Simply gorgeous, wouldn't you say!