Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

You know you’re getting old when time worn clichés begin to ring true.  One of those clichés admonishes us: “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses,” to which I would add, “and don’t forget to stop...

Cruel Plant & Slope Planting

Adjacent to the Veteran Affairs complex in West Los Angeles, there is a parrot sanctuary, and opposite this parrot sanctuary there is a vine, and upon this vine there are flowers, and these flowers a...

Gold Medallions and Australian Flames

On the corner of Riverside Drive and Hazeltine Avenue in Sherman Oaks, two gold medallion trees are in full bloom.  If you are wondering how these trees got their name, just take a look at their sphe...

Perennial Succulent Color

The gardener’s call for vivid color may be answered not only by water-needy annual flowers but by perennial, drought tolerant succulents as well.  Anyone who doubts the veracity of this claim need on...

The Avocado is a Shy Fruit

The first time you taste an avocado, it does nothing for you.  You really do not know what to make of it.  It’s not sweet or tart.  It’s more gooey than creamy.  There may even be somethi...

Wisteria

Breathless in Jerusalem.  The sights.  The sounds.  But mostly the people.  The light is extraordinary.  Each person is illuminated, without and within, physically and spiritually.  Did you ever look...