Spring is a beautiful season here in Southern California. Everything is blooming and most of the grasses on the hillsides are still green. The sun is shining gently (after a very hot few days last week). I have one more week of classes. It's all good. Here are Five Faves for Friday. Thanks to Susanne for leading Friday Fave Fives.
1. Sunday was an event packed day. One of our afternoon activities was the Annual Camarillo Hospice Garden Tour. Every spring I love to visit the different featured gardens of our community. This year there were the usual five gardens, but it seemed like this time more emphasis was put on water wise plants with minimum lawns and drought resistant gardens.
2. My favorite photo
3. Sometimes the garden accents are as lovely as the plants.
4. This week I've been noticing the spring flowers planted in my California native garden. They make me smile. Evidently you can't take too many photos of blooming flowers.
Orange and Cream California Poppies
When the cream colored poppies voluntarily planted themselves in my garden a few years ago, I did the research, and, yes, they are indeed native to California.
Lance Leaf Coreopsis
These plants grew last year but didn't produce any blooms. This spring they're making up for it!
5. Since returning from my long road trip, I haven't done much knitting. After finishing a fun green cabled slouch hat and a pair of striped socks (hmmm, no photos...must remedy that...), I decided to start back slowly with a black and white striped men's cap. Truly, the knitting never completely stops. And it's one of the abiding joys of my life. Did you know it's also good for you? (Except--the woman in the photo at the top of the article is
Finally, I want to share with you a photo and an article about the horrific situation in Africa about which I'm sure you already are aware. How can the abduction of 276 girls in Nigeria be a fave? It's not. But I will use whatever means I have to bring awareness and to help rescue them.
Last Friday I mentioned writing a post about our experience in Houston. I did that on Tuesday. Here's the link, or you can scroll down to read it.