…from the vegetable garden on my underground garage (where they are safe from the burrowing creatures that can devour an entire garden in days) are the satisfying culmination to a long story that started with a live-in assistant/gardener who started them from seed in the ear..
…in their crowded bed – lovingly raked, graded, laid out, and sprinkled with compost just this winter – is dusty green, bright green, lettuce green, strawberry green, onion green, pea green, kale green, calendula green, and a little yellow from the small flowers produced by the beautiful bolting..
…out the geodesic dome window from bed this morning is reminding me of Ita..
…while looking back at January 16, March 2, and April 7th updates gives me new appreciation for the speed of dirt to wild native fields and dense..
…or Cynara cardunculus, are found wildly making their way all over my L.A. hill, and I do my best to encourage their big-leaved purple-thistle-flowered towering drama – and one of these days I have to get around to actually braising those tough stems into somethi..
…or Centranthus ruber, has been creeping around the gardens here for years, looking great and flowering and continually coming back with little encouragement or even a drop of rain through the summer months, and this season it is especially happy – covering the slope at the front steps with it’s happy pink flowers – and ..
…replaced gardening this morning as I was reconfiguring the back corner of the garden, moving dirt around, re-grading, making a new terraced area on the site of what must have been the former trash incinerator for the big old 1920’s Spanish style house behind me – and what came up with each new shovel of ..
…from London via Human Resources (where the rest of the pieces were ceremoniously trashed and trampled) were placed in their new home today (the long abandoned, recently refurbished redwood dog run enclosure – now outdoor sculpture gallery) with artist friend Jedediah Caesar – who came over to help situate the pieces, which will be installed ..
…that under-rated Chinese fruit is starting to turn soft and yellow on the tree hidden at the top of the garden (planted in 2006, originally part of the Edible Estate #2: Los Angeles HQ installation at Machine Project) which never fails to give me an annual late-winter peachy, citrusy, mango-like surprise.(..
…(which I have been training around the house for the past 11 years) are a sign that we have entered the back side of winter, the surprising reminder that Southern Californian spring is here, or close, with things in the garden getting greener by the day – like the leafed-out California Oak and the orangey ..
…on the street in front of my house was probably resigned to remaining forever lost in the massive shadow of the looming carob tree to it’s south – but lo, that tree took a tumble with our hurricane-like wind storm – and now that peach tree, mostly invisible to the world since it was a ..
…pieces of the trunk cut to 18 inch units lining a new primitive 20 foot long table in the garden are the legacy of my fallen tree – now finding new sculptural life all of over t..
…and outdoor shower which I had been scheming for years to place in this strange previously unoccupied corner of the house overlooking the garden – was finally just installed (while in the midst of some serious hard-core nesting, after so long so far from home) – which should be good for soaking those aching bones ..
…volunteers tend the recreated typical 18th century Philadelphia garden that I passed by this afternoon (on my way to the Apple Store for an emergency laptop battery procedure where I felt like a worried parent waiting for my ‘genius’ Apple barman to come through those swinging doors with news on the prognosis) – who along ..
…cetrioli, (two of them) are busting out, pumping up daily, from those vines creeping up the rebar structures that I installed months ago – finally, finally being put to use by those lazy..
…was a proud moment today, as Miles from the Rome Sustainable Food Project kitchen – which energizes us with daily meals of local, seasonal, organic and delicious food made from the freshest Roman stuff around grown by farmers they know by name – arrived at my door with two empty crates inquiring about the possibility ..
…today and frequent evenings around 17:30 is the great gift of warmer days, later sun sets, stone pavers that hold the days heat, and a critical mass of friendly yogis – especially newly arrived friend Gaby – willing to hoof it up to the top floor garden yoga studio overlooking the city for an hour ..
…is good, they are devouring my kitchen scraps (about 3 pounds a week), turning it into sweet smelling fertile black-gold worm casting compost, and reproducing like crazy (lots of little babies) – all from the comfort of their plastic bin which feels like the essential heart of the Roman Rooftop Homestead, the highlight of each ..
…has been created in my East studio window this morning, providing a new winter retreat for my rooftop plant refugees as sub-freezing temperatures arrive in Rome evidenced by the ice forming in the Academy fountain out in the courtyard below….and hey, it just started to snow (which is only supposed to happen every 20 years?), ..