Photo by Kim Nelson

To only you
I offer lavender
Coupling red tulips, ivy-draped
Moist with dew

To every other being
I toss riotous bouquets
Camellia, stock and mistletoe,
Red rose, zinnia nosegays

You are the only one,
Like lavender and I,
Who’ll thrive along the rocky path
Through drought, lean years, dark sky
And grow stronger.
This is why

To only you
I offer lavender
Coupling red tulips, ivy-draped
Moist with dew

Lavender is written for TGH, shared in The Garden.

*Check out The Language of Flowers, to learn the meanings of the flowers mentioned above, as well as many others.

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Summer Rain Sweetness

Summer Rain

Colorado River Toad

Summer Rain

Lemon Grass with Bling

Summer Rain II

Thai Basil after The Rain

Summer Rain

In Tucson
Desert monsoon
Pours torrentially
Delivered with cacophony
Roads become waterways
Wadis, rivers now
And the toads
and Sparkles

*Check out the Monsoon 2014 Photo Collection at

Sunflower ~ Flickr Friday

Each sunflower is unique, different from the rest. When we see a field of them we don’t choose which is best. They’re all gorgeous. Like us.

A pic & a poem…




It is in the imperfections
And flaws
That beauty and attraction
Work together
Form new laws
Of our nature

When we look
From depth and honesty
With open eyes
To really see
We learn great truths


  To see the entire sunflower gallery, visit my Flickr page.

Community Supported Agriculture ~ SHARE


Walking the rows, plots, beds
I look ahead
to harvest
and Know
I will
Walking the rows, plots, beds
In so many ways


I have a large garden plot in my backyard and grow lots of herbs, flowers, fruits and veg. But not everyone is so fortunate. There are other ways, however, too enjoy fresh, organic food like Farmer’s Markets, community gardens, farm stands and CSAs.

 Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a farming business model that forms a partnership between a farmer and a community of members who buy “shares” of the farm’s future harvests, providing the farm with operating capital to start a planting/harvesting cycle and guaranteeing the farm a stable market for its products. In return, the farm pledges to offer each member weekly “shares” of its harvests.

Tucson area farmers offer several options for participation, including River Road Gardens, Sunizona Family Farms, Sleeping Frog Farms, and Tucson Community Supported Agriculture. A favorite artisan baker of mine, Don Guerra of  Barrio Bread, follows a similar model.

Fresh vegetables. Fresh fruit. Fresh bread. What’s not to love about that?

CSA melons

“Picked Today” melons to choose from

CSA Barrio Bread III

Barrio Bread’s Pain au levain

CSA Barrio Bread II

Barrio Baguette and Pan Epi

CSA Barrio Bread I

Cranberry Walnut … MY Favorite!


CSA tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

CSA okra

Heirloom Okra

CSA squash

Organic Yellow Squash

CSA cukes

Organic Cucumbers