Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jimson Weed in gardens gone wild in Brooklyn


sometime in the early 2000's
i brought soil and plants i dug up from my family's place in virginia to my street garden on leonard and meserole in brooklyn. strangely, there are two such corners.
i loved that garden and it was prolific, all flowers, being in the brown zone and all.
when i left one year, and it just grew wild, it came up full of jimson weed. datura. by the studio door. 
yes datura by the door
datura by the door
datura door
daturadoor
datura por su amor
datura tura dor
hallucinogenic
wild moon flower 
by the door

Monday, August 10, 2015

banana flower in Colombia

prettiest pink       unfurling       flowers        to fruit       exquisite 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Aloe light

The Botanicas in Colombia have remedies for various illnesses as well as plant charms for dreams, hopes and desires. These plant liasons also posses the powers of poetry as the light emanates from an aloe....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, May 27, 2013

Homegrown Kale Salad all year long

Kale salad...blessed with no freezes in sub-tropical key west, we can grow Kale year round. In fact one Kale plant can grow for years. Another perk of key west - Kale in the summer! I love a Kale salad with a simple lemon, apple cider vinegar, dijon and a fine olive oil dressing...with a bit of goat cheese...every day. feeling great!

food gardening in a boat...florida keys style with tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, papayas and a ladder to pick them with...love


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wild Tamarind

The most sweet smelling flowering tree of key west...a Wild Tamarind or Lysiloma latisiliquum...the smell knocks your socks off as you ride/walk and inevitably stop by

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

plant sculpture

mirror pedestal vase and boca raton ikebana plant pruning bouquet with color photograph and swimming video with florida avocado plant

Sunday, February 24, 2013


february 24 2013 in key west harvesting bountiful arugulas, kales, chards, mizuna, tatsoi, dill, parsley, cilantro...the best salads for me and my friends!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

baby poinciana, observed

one of my talented photography students honing in on the beauty of a baby Royal Poinciana.... here is to the future!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

compost compositions and friends

vegetables...collecting the scraps...recycling...piles...transforming...biological magic...into more nourishment...black gold futures...
It's really quite elegant.

Friday, May 25, 2012

red mangrove in bloom!

amazing to see the red mangroves bloom... and in/under saltwater! I am blown away by natures designs once again...

Friday, March 9, 2012

african sausage tree

oh man. this tree rocks my world. eventually some of the candelabras of flowers will turn into a large seed pod that looks like a big old sausage. I love a tree with a good sense of humor.

thinking about springtime in the mountains

springtime is such a delight in appalachia, so naturally this time of year I think about my mountain home and sweet peoples there. i love you all, peoples plants animals rocks air...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

its a home grown pineapple people


good lordliest sweet thing you'll ever eat


note that the 'pines' of the pineapple are formed from
spirals of successive purple flowers....! wow!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

single lady sprouts





i want my sprouts super fresh. who doesn't? they take about 5 days to grow.
i live alone, so rather than just grow one big jar of sprouts, I have taken to growing small amounts of sprouts in succession, in sweet wee recycled jam jars. just enough for one delicious frugal artist garden girl crunchy cheese and sprouts on wheat sandwich. and another is ready a few days later.
delicious!
oh my god! I'm rich! loaded!

Friday, April 8, 2011

an ode to houseplants




oh spider plant, you tickle-ly thing
you spastic elegant
mother.
thanks for your ever-representing yet nonchalant over-productivity
for your make-do attitude
any salon or saloon, office or living room
will do
xoxo

Thursday, March 24, 2011

spring blossoms in the sub tropics





I am really enjoying the process of learning the plants and trees of the sub-tropics of the Florida Keys. The subtropical trees can proceed in similar ways to types in temperate regions, though often with stunning gregariousness. Right now we have the pleasure of the BOMBAX CEIBA (silk cotton tree, Kapok) and the mystery yellow flowering tree in blossom. The flowers precede the leaves, creating a lovely graphic juxtaposition of the flowers to the branches/bark. Ah, flowers first, just like our friends back home, the red bud, apple, cherry, dog wood and magnolias....