Here or click on the image above
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These pictures were taken two weeks ago, around the middle of March!
Many people think we don’t have seasons in Santa Barbara; but I am going to show you that we do!
You can see the wisteria; which not only looks beautiful, but smells sublime!
It creeps across the front of the garage, and around the side through the “sweet olive”!
This is pretty much its prime; no leaves yet!
The finial fell off the duck house; I am not replacing it until the end of the summer! The wood duck loves posing as the finial!
The juvenile black-crowned heron takes turns! And there is a mallard sitting on eggs in one of the nest boxes!
This heron won’t hurt the baby ducklings; but we chase the Great Blue Heron out of here when there are baby ducklings!
Our Boston ivy comes in red in the beginning; red leaves are not appealing to birds. The rooster is happy to have his tail feathers coming back!!
From the other side!
The real roosters didn’t lose their tail feathers!
This shows a glimpse of our mesquite front gate.
This shows the mesquite railing that goes across a small stream from the pond ! It is interwoven with willow; so it is a living railing! The willow loses its leaves in the winter.
Hardenbergia vine blooms in the winter (the purple one) and the white potato vine (a type of jasmine) blooms 12 months a year!
Chickens busy at bug finding and eating!
The crabapple fence just starting to leaf out in the herb garden!
These steps are petrified wood!
I love the rock edging on the herb garden; and the lavender planted in gravel.
This is our “Certified Backyard Habitat ” sign! My granddaughter was in the first grade when we went online; filled out the application, and sent it in with photographs.
It says “This property provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.
It has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat Site.”
We are very proud of that!!
Our gardener planted these native iris two years ago as a surprise; he didn’t think they “took”; but look at them now!!!!
When the gardeners on our lane “blow” (mercifully only once a week) , they leave the pile of oak leaves for us!! My favorite path material!
More hardengerbia and potato vine and chickens!
In a week or so; I will post what it looks like further along in Spring!
6 years ago I published a post on Arlington Garden in Pasadena. This
morning Kate Stamps of Stampsandstamps posted a picture on instagram
and I decided to repost on this amazing public garden in Pasadena!
As you may have seen, last week I posted about the Pasadena Garden tour, and while it was fabulous and I enjoyed it immensely, it came to my attention that I may have missed one of the best stops. So, when I was in Pasadena this past week I made it a point to stop at the Arlington Gardens. Nothing short of amazing, I was blown away at this beautiful garden where what used to be a vacant dirt lot. Started in 2005, this 3 acre preserve is a beautiful addition to Pasadena!
Originally, when we built our house; I only had one of the pair of the Madam DuBarry Sphinx. (See my blog post The Garden Sphinx) I found these delightful cast stone reproductions at Quatrain (an antique store in West Hollywood). Here is their description: “LOUIS XIII STYLE CAST STONE HOUNDS . The original early Baroque examples are from the famed walls surrounding the Chateau de Raray near the ancient town of Senlis, France. On either side of the Chateau stand two long walls of stone upon which hunt two packs of hounds; one bringing a stag to bay, the other a wild boar. Certainly a reflection of the many centuries of hunts that have taken place thanks to the immense royal forests of Chantilly, Halatte and, to the North, Compiegne.”
With the onset of Summer in full swing, I can’t help but get excited for the season. I avoid sitting in the sun; but I have always loved unusual pools and pool houses. They can make or break an outdoor space(usually, unfortunately, break), so I thought I would share with you a few pools I have seen that I am absolutely in love with.
While perusing the internet and visiting some of my favorite sites and blogs this week I decided to save the images that most inspired me. Please take a look to see what was on my “favorites” list this week. I am always so overwhelmed by the amount of imagery out there, now I have a good excuse to showcase the ones I like best: sharing them with you!
This is the note I just received from friend, and local author Richard Mineards: “How nice to know a worldwide celebrity! This is from today’s London Daily Mail… Pip! Pip! Richard”
“‘Oprah Winfrey’s my neighbour!’ The ‘chicken lady’ who chats over the fence with the world’s most famous chatshow host. Soon after moving into her dream home, a curious Oprah poked her head over the fence after spotting Penny feeding her pet chickens and when she said ‘good morning’ the grandmother nearly fainted in shock – her life have never been the same again.”
Today I was stunned to find out that an article has been posted in London’s Daily mail featuring myself in an article about my world famous next door neighbor! Click here to read the full article.
The chickens that started it all.
“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” Michael Caine.
I have not been very good about keeping duckling updates! But I have pictures to show their progress! They are 46 days old today! I have added a few images to show how they have grown over the past weeks. Ducklings are able to fly at 53 days old so it is almost time for them to move on from our pond. It is a joy each year as we hatch new babies and have the opportunity to watch them grow.
The ducklings bask in the sun along the side of the pond, a view of their duck house in the background.
And today, they are hardly recognizable as baby ducks anymore. In about a week’s time they will fly away in search of bigger and better ponds! Of course they always drop by for visits, but I don’t know if they will ever find a pond where the owner lovingly chases away hawks and other predators, or where they can nestle in the comfort of their very own duck house. But I like to think so!
Welcome to Ella’s garden! My daughter Ella along with husband Scott, and children Poppy and Tommy were recently featured in this month’s Traditional Home Magazine.
While spring is in the air and flowers are in bloom it is hard to stay inside these days. Ella’s garden is the perfect place to entertain, relax, and appreciate all that nature has to give.
A recent addition to the property is a small pool, that I am absolutely in love with. Surrounded by an old stone wall, the pool is enclosed in a little enclave off the garden.
Exquisite pebble work featuring two sea horses accentuates the bottom of the pool and a raised jacuzzi creates a waterfall. They also made a cabana out of a tool room at the end of the pool which adds to symmetry of the space and was designed in keeping with the character of the house.
As summer approaches I am eagerly awaiting long afternoons in the shade while the grandchildren splash in the pool!
The Traditional Home (May 2011) article features some great shots of the property, but I wanted to add a few more of my own to showcase a few extra details.
Click on the link to see the full article: Traditional Home May 2011
I love this property because it is truly a place where families can convene. With ample outdoor seating and dining areas the adults are free to relax. The children are free to roam the yard where they not only have the pool, but also a sports court and tree house.