Mid May is making its mark in Willow's Garden.
The Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are turning -- gold.
The herbs are healthy.
Sweet basil is just waiting to be thrown into a pasta dish this week.
Slowly making its comeback from near death over winter, the chocolate mint is pushing out a few green and aromatic leaves.
In the lavender patch, a honey bee is busy collecting pollen.
Since this is Southern California, the ubiquitous California poppies are blooming their hearts out after a mist of rain last weekend.
This bougainvillea lives in a large pot by the front steps. Even after ten years, it still produces beautifully.
A new addition to the back bank this spring, this California native plant, chocolate daisy, is bravely establishing itself in the clay soil.
The prayer of a gardener
Thirteenth Century Cisterian monk Guerric D'Igny
You are the true gardener;
You are its creator and cultivator,
And the guardian of your garden.
You plant the seeds by your words,
You water them by your Spirit
And you make them grow by your power.
Lord, who is allowed into your garden,
Becomes himself a well-watered garden
That keeps growing and blossoms,
And its fruits are multiplied.