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Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!!

Here is one last picture for the year! My very last "crop" of French Lace roses. I'm thinking that when I get back from vacation, will be a great time to prune them. Most roses have usually stopped giving you the perfect rose by this time but since it's been so hot here in LA they may still want to bloom. I'd say give them another month before the winter pruning. Hope you have a great holiday!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blub Time

Have you planted your bulbs yet. I realize it should be colder but hey, it's California! Now IS the time. Check out my new Neon Amaryllis, nice, right??!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Drawing Class

People ask me why I still take art classes. I wouldn't presume to know everything about art, keep learning, keep growing. I took a drawing class on Saturday. It was ssssoooo nice! The exercise shown here was to draw only the negative space. It was different but fun...this is my third attempt trying to get it right! Takes me back to art school days!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Artwork is up!!

My photos are now up and available for viewing at the San Marino Stationers! There will be an open house from 1-4pm on Sunday, November 13. Formal invitation to follow!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Art Show Update!

My art show was a great success! I love my wall space, 2 whole walls all to myself! Thank you to everyone who braved the 5 freeway to come and support my work! If you missed it there is a second reception on November 4 from 7-11:30pm. Please let me know if you would like to attend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gallery Godo Tonight!

It's time for the big art show! Gallery Godo tonight at 7pm. I think I will have to have a glass of wine before the event! Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pix Are Ready!

I spent he day making prints of my photos for the San Marino Stationers. I'm so excited for my exhibit!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello Followers! The show at Gallery Godo has been moved from September 30th to October 21. The next show will be HUGE! It will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness with proceeds from sales going to the Providence Breast Health Center. Again, for more info go to

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Photography Exhibition

I will be having a photography Exhibition at the San Marino Stationers starting November 1st-December 1st. We will also be introducing a line of Leaves From the Woods greeting cards! Hope you stop by to take a look! Also keep up with me on

Monday, September 19, 2011

Art Show!!

Hello Followers! I have an art show coming up! Gallery Godo in Glendale, opening night reception September 30th, 7pm. I will be posting the official link soon! I'm so excited, 12 feet of wall space is ALL MINE! I will also be posting the info on my website, Let me know if you would like to attend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Art Site

My new website is up and running thanks to many people but especially Marcy! Thanks for hanging in for such a long haul!!

My Awesome Mushrooms!

I've always wanted to make stuffed mushrooms! I found an easy recipe on food network, prayed the oven would work and went for it. They were ssssoooooo good! I know Denise wouldn't like them but the rest of you will have to taste them when I make another batch!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Caramel Sauce

My caramel sauce IS happiness. I'm supposed to be on a diet but I can't help going in for a spoon-full...It IS the best!

Key Lime Tree

Finally found a Lime Tree. There had been a hold on all Limes trees because of some parasite or fungus that they were carrying. I HOPE it's cleared up since it's now in it's own pot on the patio! I know that the lemon tree has thorns but this lime tree had giant, thick thorns. Found that out when I pruned a branch off and grabbed it to throw it away! Ouch!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Tonight INSPIRATION hit! Finished this canvas that has been partially done now with 2 paintings. Third time is the charm!! I call it Doubt but Scott called it Narnia. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wax Flower

I got this Wax Flower plant many....many moons ago at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. I had it in the direct sun, as they had done at the gardens, but it seemed very angry. I put it in the shade and it didn't like that either. All of it's color faded away and it turned a very light green, so sad. I put it on our front patio and it seems pretty happy now. It has grown about three feet and has these lovely blooms that hang from the bottom. I don't know the lesson here but I try to watch the sun when I first move in a new place and see which plants like/hate the sun, etc. I hope to see some of the bright green color comes back into the leaves...we will see.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I missed the boat on this one but it's such a good picture I wanted to post it. This Wisteria picture was taken at Lacy Park in San Marino CA. Wisteria is an early Spring blooming vine named after Casper Wister after it's discovery in 1818. Enjoy!


Every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees...RECYCLE PEOPLE!!!!! Good for you and the trees!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

4th of July

My 4th of July roses are here just in time for the 4th of July. This particular rose, to me, has the best fragrance of the bunch. It's kind of a spicy sweet smell. My rose bush has exploded into blooms this year, YAY for me!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Radish Flowers

As you know I planted radishes this year in hopes that they would do better than in years past. They are looking fine, and...they flowered. Did you know that radishes flower? I didn't but here is a pic!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Did you know...?

Did you know that cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them? I didn't, but Snapple did!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Some feedback from the last post! Yes, I had heard that the Strawberry was not a fruit because the seeds are on the outside. Here is some technical info: The Straw Berry was named because children in the 19th century would pick them, put them on straws and would sell them as "straw Berries". True berries like blueberries and cranberries have the seeds inside, strawberries have the seeds on the outside and each seed is considered a berry. Does that help?

Monday, April 11, 2011

To Berry or not to Berry...

Another fun fact from Snapple. A strawberry is not an actual berry but a banana is? Hmmm, who knew!?


This lovely photo was sent in by one of my loyal followers, Denise Steiner. Thanks Denise, love the orchid!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oak Tree

Here is another giant pearl of wisdom from the good people of Snapple. In one day, a full-grown Oak Tree expels 7 tons of water through it's leaves. Who knew?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Radish Madness!!

The radishes are growing already! Can you believe it. Makes me very excited! Yesterday I was a bit of a "slug girl" and all I got around to doing was watering the back patio. Imagine my surprise to see that the radishes had already sprouted, woo hoo!! All of the plants were still alive...good day for the garden!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mr. Stripey!

Oh ya, it was garden day yesterday! I had to go to 3 nurseries to find tomato plants. What's that about? The Home Depot by us is a scary place, I didn't really want to go alone but they had lots and lots of tomatoes, so in I went. I picked up 2 Early Girl, 2 Baby Red and a Mr. Stripey. I am very hopeful about Mr. Stripey. Seems like a very cool looking and tasting one. We will see...I also planted lettuce, radishes, strawberries, Mandarin orange, several herbs and wildflowers. My aunt send me some Maine tomatoes, hopefully they will grow here as well as they grew for her, she has a VERY green thumb! I am very tired today! Had to haul a very large bag of dirt up the back stairs. Looking forward to this years variety of fruit, vegies and flowers for our table. My overall goal is to be able to use the herbs in our garden and not have to buy them. Maybe a lofty goal, as always, keep you posted!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Did you know...

Did you know hat Poison Ivy is not Ivy and Poison Oak is not an oak? They are both part of the cashew family! Thanks Snapple lid for the info!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Holy Long Time No Post Batman!

My apologies loyal followers! I have been neglecting you horribly...and the back patio. My brain did indeed explode. Now it is a matter of putting it back together and blogging! I had a lovely mini-break in San Diego with my good friends Mont and Jessica and snake boy (aka Gabe). Mont reminded me that I do have followers and I need to keep up with the entertainment demand! So I beg for forgiveness from you all and pledge to blog.

Here in Hollywood, we got some good rain that did my job for me, watering the lovely plants. I lost a couple and laid them to rest this afternoon in the recycle bin. However, the avocado baby is resting comfortably after it's replanting, pruning and a healthy sprinkle of snail repellent. Hopefully it makes a complete recovery. It has to since it's momma avocado as yet to yield us any fruit. Did you know that it takes approximately 7 years for an avocado to become fully mature and develop fruit. I didn't either, so imagine my surprise when it flowered and then they all died! Thanks OSH for letting me know, appreciate you making me feel like a bad gardener!!

Pix to come soon!