Spring In The Garden


With spring in the air
I'm excited to get back to my garden
so  I'm always on the look out  for some garden inspiration
as well as taking a look at what's working in my garden
and
 changes I want to make.

I was so tickled with the  sweet plant markers I saw at
True Foods in Newport Beach.
A clothes pin attached to a small stake
makes for the freshest version
of a plant marker.


I always enjoy the entry into True Foods 
with their bins full of herbs.
You can see more of True Foods 
in my post HERE.


Back in my garden
I am loving the succulents I planted in pots last spring.
They are growing into the most beautiful arrangements
and
with so little care!


My courtyard wall is lined with potted plants
not only are they beautiful
but they help create a secluded ambiance within the garden walls.

Last year I started adding succulents into existing pots.
I am most happy to report that they are doing beautifully
as ever evolving sculpture.


My dwarf olive is also thriving
but alas 
one has been lost
when I moved it inside for fall decor
and
forgot to water it regularly.
Not all of my garden is as carefree as the lovely 
succulent additions.


My use of succulents has even made it to the front yard borders
where I have sprinkled them in 
with the lavender and alyssum.


I have even tucked tiny succulents into my strawberry pots.
I love how they provide some added texture, structure and color
along with the lacy alyssum.
I think of them as nice accessories to the strawberries.


On the porch I have even mixed succulents  in with my
 spider plants and gerbers.

I find it so easy to pick up succulents that call out to me
when I'm out.

I always seen to find  the perfect homes for them
mixing them in fresh new  unexpected ways
that I would have never thought of
unless they were right before me.

Updating plantings 
much the same way 
accessories do
to a neutral wardrobe.
My whole garden has grown this way
over the past nineteen years.
One idea building on another
with
 some seasons
 like last spring
spent editing out the old ideas
to make room for the new ones.

My garden is always
a reflective life metaphor
always changing
always transitioning from one stage to another
and
 like in the garden
 I'm always 
searching to make the very best of what I have
by adding 
a little new  new style
to my life.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life










21 comments:

  1. So beautiful. True Foods. How great is that place?

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    1. True Foods is such a fun destination … feels as though you can breath in healthy sunshine!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  2. Lovely...makes me want to go sit outside. I need to get into my backyard really bad...hopefully you have inspired me!

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    1. Pam I hope you make it outside to your backyard … it can make for such a soul soothing experience!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  3. En.joy your time in the garden, always rewarding I find . You are right a garden can be a wonderful creative endeavour, no doubt yours will appreciate your golden touch!

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    1. Jill I can tell you have a gardener's heart! I do find gardening especially creative … even the trimming back feels like sculpting to me … taking away the unnecessary to reveal even more beauty.

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  4. Succulents are so beautiful! Glad to know that you're enjoying the garden...I'm doing the same here. Our streets are lined with cherry blossoms....Spring is hopefully here to stay:)

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    1. Streets lined with cherry blossoms … an absolutely iconic vision of spring!

      Thanks for the orange inspiration my dear :))

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  5. I purchased my first trays this past weekend, but yet another cold spell made me leave them in the garage during the night a little longer. But I did spot the first little bumps on my oak leaf hydrangea. I may get some flowers this year after all, and that is a miracle after this winter. I will give succulents a try. You made them look very interesting.

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    1. I bet you will be so relieved with the onset of spring after the winter you have had my dear! Hydrangeas are one of my favorites … here in zone 9 the Stargazer Hydrangeas do quite well.

      Succulents are quite fun to work with do to their sculptural appearance and easy care … I think you find them enjoyable!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  6. Tamera, Your garden is gorgeous. It's exactly my kind of garden. You have a romantic mix and I love it! You are inspiring me to get out there. Nothing gives back more than planting. So worth it. I'm going to pin some of your lovely yard on my California Home board. It's just so beautiful. We are having a rainy day here today! So nice.
    Hope you have a good Wednesday! xx

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    1. Kim I am so happy to hear you also have a gardener's heart! I completely agree about the give back of planting and gardening! Now we share that as well as our love of using cloth napkins at home!

      I am so excited to finally meet you my dear, in a little over 2 weeks now … I can't wait!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  7. Clothes pins…….use them all the time especially when I had the shop I used them to hold price tags.
    SUCCULENTS,I never liked them until last summer when I went to LOTUSLAND.HAVE you been there?YOU NEED TO GO!
    Your lavender looks PINK??Is it?Love what you have done in the garden!I totally get what you are saying about not knowing what you will do with them until it "SPEAKS" to you!

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    1. My dear Contessa … I have never been to Lotusland … where is it? If you recommend it I am sure I will love it!

      Can't wait to meet you Monday!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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    2. MONTECITO,CALIFORNIA…………WE SHALL MEET UP THERE perhaps this summer!
      You have given me an idea with the succulents…….do deer NOT enjoy them?I would think they doNOT eat succulents…..will discuss further when I see YOU!!!!
      XOXO

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  8. This is so lovely. I never would have considered succulents, but I love how you have used them. True confession and a question: I have never gardened much. My husband cares for the yard, and we have landscaping, but that's it. I really don't know what to do or where to begin. How did you get started all those years ago and has it been something you just inherently knew how to do? I am seeing that I have my interest in decorating, entertaining, etc. the same as my mother did. But when it came to the outdoors, she had someone take care of the yard and shrubs every week and that was that! I would love to try my hand at gardening, at least a little bit. Especially after being so inspired by ideas like yours. Thanks.

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    1. Miss Dishywoo I stared gardening in our first apartment over 25 years ago. I always had an interest in cut flowers and it grew to indoor potted plants … which grew to an outside garden of potted and hanging plants on our little balcony. When we moved to our present house 19 years ago, it was a new build. My husband and I designed and installed all of our landscape … and my interest in full on gardening began.

      I would recommend starting with a pot or two to begin with. Succulents are easy care and a simple start to gardening. I also, always use plants in my seasonal decorating inside as well. They add another level of seasonal color and mood to all of my indoor public spaces.

      Thank you so much for you question … i hope you find this helpful.

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  9. Oh Tamera dear-that garden of yours.....so beautiful...swoon! It's so much fun to see how you dress if for each season.
    xx, H

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    1. Thank you my dear girlfriend! I hope some day to visit your resort worthy backyard!!

      Can't wait to see you again in 2 weeks!!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  10. I love it when you take us out into your garden! The new succulent additions are so beautiful. Like you said, they bring such interesting texture and color. My son and I have been putting together little succulent pots for him to sell for his school trip to D.C. Thanks for stopping by over at my blog the other day! :) I'm trying to blog again... I do miss it!

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    1. Linda how wonderful to hear from you again! I have thought of you often in your blog absence!

      What a great idea to sell succulents to raise money for your son's trip!

      Hope to read your blog again soon my dear!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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