Here it is, the garden, shivering in the wind and cold and cold and wind. Oh, and fog. And did I mention it's FREEZING?
So around the edges we have marigolds, which may or may not keep bad bugs at bay. At the far end are peppers, sweet and hot. In the middle third, some tomatoes. Beneath the chilled earth, we have seeds that could, with luck, turn into sweet corn, sunflowers, watermelons, cantaloupes, squash, pumpkins, radishes and nasturtiums.
Or one of these guys, already tunneling like mad, could decide it's all just one big appetizer. Ahhh, spring.
A very busy morning here in the Cove. As the sun rose in the east (ever further east, as we edge toward the solstice), the the moon set in the west:
Sculptures like this pop up on our beach from time to time and, if you can ignore the off-kilter horizon as completely as the photog so clearly did, are really pretty great.
Between the curves and arcs and spheres of the clouds and grass and hills, this photo leaves me a little seasick.
The up-side? All this gloom makes sitting inside and catching up on the newspapers I missed while at the LATFOB (seriously, how much fun was that this weekend?) seem like a wise use of time.
Please pass the tea pot.
Sunday's a slow blog day so it seems OK to once again mention how we still miss Evinrude around here.
It's the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend, which means I really, really hope you're reading this post on a mobile device while knee-deep in books at UCLA. If not, here's the link to Jacket Copy, the LAT books blog, which is the next best thing to being there.
Photo: Donna Grayson via Creative Commons License.
I'm working on something these days that has me distracted and so there's a time lag to everything I post. Like this sunrise. Which happened earlier this week, during that spate of freakishly cold weather. It kinda hurts to look at, and I'm pretty sure I fried the light sensor in my camera a teensy bit, but it looked so good, so golden and mysterious, that glimpse of the sun between cloud layers, that I had to get the shot.
So the thermometer reads 38 degrees (allow me to shout: FORTY-TWO DEGREES BELOW ZERO) this morning and the dogs, heartless hounds who nudge me awake with canine ESP each day at dawn, have actually slept in, and the birds, the birds are quiet, in shock, I'm sure, from this frigid night, and look, there in the sky. a flock of waterfowl, flying NORTH as fast as they can. Because it's warmer there.
I'm worried about the nestlings, about the parents trying to raise them, will they be warm enough, will they be strong enough to survive? So here's an entirely unrelated photo, a photo one could argue is diametrically opposed to this freakish weather and the worries it spawns -- perfect daisies, perfectly happy in a warm spot of sun.
Before you get all excited that it's sunny and warm here in Malibu while in the rest of LA, clouds have taken over, a disclaimer: This was yesterday.
And just like that -- well, actually because my friend both plowed AND disked, then worked all that beautiful manure (see yesterday) into the clay we here laughingly refer to as soil -- the garden is as smooth and rich and inviting as I have ever seen it.
Am off now to the local feed store to buy my annual two bales of straw for mulch, and then to the nursery for bedding plants, and then to stare at the road and will the UPS truck to please please hurry with the seed order.
Meanwhile, Maisie does not smell like a daisy, unless said flower has been consumed and masticated and swallowed and digested and expelled in a moist blob by a barnyard animal. In that case, Maisie is daisy fresh.
One day, this load of fabulous, friable and oh-so-fragrant manure appeared on my garden site up at the barn. Jake and Maisie -- she's the one belly-up in this shot -- promptly dropped to the ground to show their approval.
Have you ever hiked up to the waterfalls in Sycamore Canyon? It's a wonderful walk, much of it alongside this lovely creek, and if the rains come tomorrow as promised, we'll get a few more weeks to get to the top of the canyon and see some falling water.
Hmmm, I wonder what the people
decimating building on this property up in the hills are trying to say? If only they'd stop being so subtle.
So, Descanso Gardens -- botanical paradise or water-sucking folly? It all depends on who you ask. Either way, the place is at its peak of spring bloom right now. See?
Am in DSL hell right now as Verizon screws up the switch from my ancient modem to a new one, so in the mean time (and via borrowed wifi) here's a pixilated version of hold music, the view from the top of a local canyon.
Not sure what I love most about this modest flower, which grows on a rangy bush in the shadows of a nearby stream bed -- the furled shape, the hot, hot color, or that little swizzle stick of a stamen.
It rained last night. In the heebie jeebie hour before dawn when your heart rate slows and anxieties surge came a pounding squall all wrong for April, here in SoCal anyway, a hint maybe, to relax, give in, you can't control everything, or even anything, can you? All of that last night in the wind and dark, as it rained.
Since I really and truly am getting hooked on iPhone photo apps like Camera Bag and Toy Camera and Tilt Shift Generator and omg Lo Mob, it's easy to pretend this photo is about them and not the cutest tiny little (yeah, redundant, so sue me) Lab on earth, Miss Maisie.
Not as much as we needed, not nearly as much as I hoped, but it rained here in Malibu, for just a little minute.