June 12, 2018

Now that I ‘m home from my spring travels, I’m eager to import elements of what I’ve seen into my garden. In February I had the wonderful experience of visiting the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar in Seville, both reminiscent of Persian gardens bright with roses reflected in pools of water.

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Fountain in an inner courtyard of the Alcazar in Sevilla

In April I visited some friends up north–my first road trip on my own–and gained inspiration along with a bird feeder and a carload of succulents. Seeing the delicate wildflowers and vernal pools of  the Jepson Prairie Preserve made me happier than ever that I am incorporating native California plants into my garden.


Flowers known as California Gold Fields next to a vernal pond at Jepson Prairie Preserve

For now I have a couple of months at home to work on the development of my own garden. Happy planting!


One thought on “The View from Here . . .

  1. Dear Gail Taylor,

    I am a teacher at Sherbrooke University in Canada. I am working on an alchemical treatis of the Wellcome Library in London. Where can I find your work on Ar-Razi’s Book of secrets. I am quite sure that my anonymous is using this source. The alchemy in my “Ymage de vie” is very technical and lacking in any theoretical ou allegorical references. It is a clear and détailled vade mecum.

    Thank you for considering my request,

    Best wishes,

    Geneviève Dumas

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