The Solace of the Wildlife Garden

Lately it feels like the garden is taking more care of me than I am of it. The world of humans is so fraught with angst and urgent concerns (which we humans seem apt to self-create) that, again, I find myself in deep appreciation for the respite of the garden and simpler creatures. I’m leaningContinue reading “The Solace of the Wildlife Garden”

Houseplants Have Become My Summer Oasis

The drought and everything else got to me. Something had to give. Gardening in our summer-dry climate of Sonoma County requires adjusting to winters that are usually verdant and soggy with vernal pools, morphing into summers dry enough to burst into flames if you sneeze too hard. It’s like living in two separate ecosystems atContinue reading “Houseplants Have Become My Summer Oasis”

Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)

I thought I’d start with something cheery. Certain flowers, like daffodils or sunflowers, just brighten the moment — a garden anti-depressant — kissing your face with affectionate optimism and inducing an autonomic smile. I think I’d be going nuts by now if I didn’t have a garden and I wish I had magical powers toContinue reading “Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)”

Make a weather-resistant garden sanctuary for sitting in the garden year-round

Create a garden sanctuary with a portable greenhouse pod — great for gardening breaks or outdoor meditation space year-round. Gardening blog from Sonoma County, CA. the-compulsive-gardener.com

Escape the pandemic in a virtual tour of the back-roads of Sonoma County, California

Escape lockdown for a moment, into the refuge of a virtual tour of Sonoma County, California back-roads. Can you smell the wet moss and bay leaves? Enjoy the pastoral scenes of West County farms and redwood lined roads, of vineyards and sheep, apple orchards and some local favorites.

Bring the Garden to You — coping with pandemic isolation by creating art from the garden

Is pandemic life of isolation or inclement weather getting you down? Bring the sanctuary and refuge of the garden indoors with calming and creative outlets like painting garden scenes from your photographs.

Bark and Moss Appreciation Day

It’s easy to find yourself waiting for spring–or the end of the pandemic! Find joy where you can, like in the winter interest of the garden–the bark and leaves, the mosses and red twigs. A photo tribute to the winter garden.

Virtual Garden Escape — a photo gallery

Escape from pandemic lock-down into a virtual flower garden tour of daffodils, roses, poppies, and honeysuckle.

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