The world is a wholly different place. Shopping is out, no restaurants or coffee shops. Friends are approached cautiously, always kept at a distance. During walks through the neighborhood, fellow walkers are eyed with suspicion. Though the world is quieter, the chatter in my mind has not subsided. The background color is muddy, the sound is discordant, there is an underlying anxiety that wells up occasionally but never disappears completely.
In this unfamiliar, and hopefully temporary, existence I try to find normality in my garden and our local nature park. And I am not alone. As most businesses wonder whether they will survive this disruption, nurseries flourish. Given this new enthusiasm for what has always been my passion, one might have thought my blog would flourish as well. Instead it has languished without a word for three months, a quarter of a year! And for this I apologize. (Please note that I am no longer posting or checking Facebook or Instagram, so please contact me through email, or comment below. Blog posts, however, are automatically shared on both.)
So I set out today to write something. My blog posts are usually inspired by questions asked by readers and other fellow gardeners. Today, however, I forced myself to sit down and write with absolutely nothing in mind. I write merely to reach out, to wave hello, to say, I’m still here. I write now to ask you, how does your garden grow? Are your garden tomatoes as delicious as mine? Is your irrigation system acting up again? Mine is. And what are you doing about those slugs?
I wish I could walk with you in the South Pasadena nature park. If you live nearby, I encourage you to go for a visit, but please wear a mask since the trail into the park is narrow. For those who can’t visit, please enjoy the photos below. Colors are muted but the birds, bees and lizards go about their business as usual.
Stay well, stay in touch.