Favorite Place 4: Backyard

Cares do not exist in a garden.


Euphorbia, 23 March 2018


Viburnum, early March 2018


Japanese anemone, early March 2018

Home for the weekend.

Redwood City March For Our Lives will be a big one. Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Stay tuned.

Favorite Place 2: Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is FAVORITE PLACE.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands: “This week, share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.”

Regular readers of this blog already know what that place is!


No more beautiful place: Ireland in Spring


The Lawn in front of the Main House, Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Out of This World 2: The Garden

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Stepping into her garden is like stepping into another world.

There are six steps from the back door to the ground. Self took the first picture standing on the top step.

The garden is rectangular in shape. To the left is a small courtyard that she bricked over, about 20 years ago. She used to have an apple tree there. It died. She used to have geraniums and camellias. All gone. There is one wee clematis that she remembers planting three years ago. A few weeks ago, it started to put out green shoots. Every day since then, it has put out more and more leaves.


Backyard, 2 March 2018



Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Faces in the Crowd: Backyard, Redwood City, California

Spring is just around the corner. Buds are beginning to open.

Here are a few of her flowers, just “faces in the crowd” :


In Bloom Today: Japanese Anemone

More on their way:


More Blooms Are on the Way

Plum tree’s covered with tiny white flowers:


Been Blooming for a Week Now: Plum Tree

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs to Start Or End With the Letter ‘Y’ (2)

This bush in self’s backyard has grown to be a monster!

It’s perfect for Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge: the Letter ‘Y’


YELLOW! All over is YELLOW!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 3: The Garden in Redwood City

Which is to say, the garden at home.

Self has spent much time in it, the past few days. Here are pictures of two of her ‘most-grown.’


Superbowl Sunday 2018: Her First at Home in Three Years


Side Yard: This Viburnum was barely two feet high in 2015. Now, it’s almost as tall as the eaves.

Going to see Hostiles (Christian Bale! Rosamund Pike!) in a few.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Variations on a Theme 4: More Mendocino





Variations on a Theme 2: The Garden in Redwood City

Been so long since self took pictures of her garden.

Since this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VARIATIONS ON A THEME, self wandered her backyard looking for appropriate subjects.

Here, her helleborus, having survived years of neglect (approx. three years) is nevertheless getting ready to bloom:


Helleborus, Last Week of January 2018


More Helleborus!

Just throwing this in: The deck is very weathered and obviously needs a lot of work. But — variations on a theme!


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Weathered in the Philippines


Volumes of Manuel Blanco’s FLORA DE FILIPINAS


The trees in the Quadrangle of the Ateneo de Manila University (self’s alma mater) have been there for decades. So have the stone benches.


The Annaghmakerrig Book: Melanie Almeder

There’s a copy in every cottage.

And every year self comes.

And every time she opens the Annaghmakerrig book, she ends up re-reading Melanie Almeder’s Mock Orange.

And, damn. That opening gets her every time. Every single time:

Mock Orange

Everything on the tongue goes stunned bird
Long past the hissy-fit thralls of April,
rashes of phlox, purple thistle snowing a little.
And then, like too much love,
there was altogether too much gardenia

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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