A hummingbird visits a red glad on the deck, as wildfire smoke wafts in the background. Twin Peaks, SF, August 17, 2020.
Orchid or lily? No, a “Mardi Gras” gladiolus from the summer collection on the deck (August 2019) offering quite the display w/ some surprises: yellow, red, & this one to the left resembling a giant pansy.
At UCSF, I led a succulent terrarium making tutorial for a staff enrichment event with co-workers. Our HR coordinator asked if I would share my interest in succulent terrarium making. I said yes! and brought in some river & beach stones from my collection, while our department provided the succulents, soil & moss — off we went!
My co-workers’ terrarium choices reflect their individuality.
In 2012, I co-founded Urban Pastoral Gardens (UPG), an edible container-garden company, with Julie Gesin. Our business took its name from “Urban Pastoral,” a poem in my chapbook Heliotropes. Though the California drought challenged our business and new goals pushed us into different directions, we maintain the UPG motto: grow your own in whatever space you can! Our Facebook page remains a homage to our urban gardening project.