Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


A walk with Priime…


Took a morning walk with a new iPhone app I had just purchased. It is called Priime and it is free, but, of course, if want the full complement of filters and lenses, you would have to purchase them once you are in the app.  I liked what it did, so I did.

Here is a discussion of how the app works, in case you are interested: http://iphonephotographyschool.com/priime-app/

Our walk had a particularly nice sunrise…

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and I discovered that my neighborhood school has an answer to the “love-lock bridges” of Paris which are being crumbled by the weight of all the locks.

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Looks to me to be ceramic hearts by first graders…oh, the love…

I also used Priime on some new things in my garden…my new Meyer Lemon…

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and more colors of Douglas Iris that are popping out…

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What blooms there are…


Pacific Coast Hybrid Douglas Iris (Iridaceae)


Sometime during the weeks of gate-painting, the garden went from dull winter-ness to lush spring green. I would not be able to pinpoint the exact day and time I noticed it, but there it was one morning and I could mutter, “Yeah, we’re back.” It could have been that I started noticing buds of flowers or tiny green leaves on bare branches and I was prepped for the full display. In any event, we are back and doing well, now…


Pacific Coast Hybrid Douglas Iris


Pacific Coast Hybrid Douglas Iris



Pacific Coast Hybrid Douglas Iris



Pacific Coast Hybrid Douglas Iris



Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)


Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)


Western Redbut (Cercis occidentalis)


Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)


Blue Witch (Solanum umbelliferum)



Heuchera species (Saxifrage Family)



Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora)


Lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon)


iPhone Photo Friday…

Usually on a Friday, I process my iPhone photos with my current favorite apps, but this week my focus has been on my California native plant garden because it has been bursting forth into glory. I tried processing the photos I took with the camera in my iPhone with lots of different apps, but they could not compete with  the actual flowers in the garden. If you want apps, you will have to look in my other Friday posts. Today, I simplified and I am just using  the iPhone photos without processing except with a little cropping using Crop Suey. This has been the week of the Douglas Iris. It won’t last very long, but while it does it makes my spirit soar.

Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris

Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris (Iris PCH ‘Strybing Yellow’)

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana ‘Canyon Snow’)

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana white form)

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)

Dwarf PCH Iris (‘Native Warrior’)

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iPhone Photo Friday…

The cherry hit its glory yesterday and today with a wind picking up it has started to blow pink petal snow everywhere. The cherry blooms never last long enough in my opinion, but it is consistent each year with its abundance and beauty.

This week I had fun capturing the first blooms in the garden with my iPhone and then processing with PicGrunger app (new update) and Blender app for layering with backgrounds I created.

This lilac is not really part of our native plant garden. It is in the front, under an oak and constricted by junipers. Each year it sends up one or two blossoms which I enjoy smelling and sometimes I cut them to bring inside. They are not abundant so if I cut them there is not much left.

Here are the natives:

Apps for this week: Diptic, Blender, Pic Grunger and Impression.

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Two weeks until the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour and everyone seems to be cooperating and bringing forth that color right on schedule. We’ve got our plant list up to date and Terry has completed his signs to mark each native. Good thing he took Latin in high school, he has some sense of the botanical names. Me, if someone asks me a question on the day of the tour, I will point and say “See that guy over there, you will have to ask him.” Our biggest hope is that it won’t rain. Last year it did deluge practically all day and still 350 people walked through. Gardeners are hardy souls! It is all part of nature, afterall.

The vista along one of the paths where the complementary colors of orange and violet come into play…

California poppy, sticky monkey flower, and Douglas Iris

The Irises are having a heyday this year, only the Canyon Snow Iris, which is white, has yet to open up a bloom. That should be a couple of more days…

Douglas Iris

Douglas Iris

California poppies are not always orange…

Eschscholzia californica, Purple Gleam

Eschscholzia californica, Purple Gleam

and another wildflower from California…

Layia platyglossa, Tidy Tips


Snow, snow….

Pink snow at my house! Not really, just pink petals everywhere covering the Yerba Buena, Satureja douglassii, the car, and the walk. The wind blows them far and wide! (Yerba Buena is disliked by deer and doesn’t mind shade under a tree.)

The cherry blossoms don't fall far from the tree...

A few Iris are adding their color…

Douglas Iris, Iris douglasiana

I truly do not like those pine tree things, however, cough, cough, sinus, sinus…..Everywhere.

Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris, Strybing Yellow

I was in an Ansel Adams mode with my ferns.

Polyposy fern, Polypodium californicum

Polyposy fern, Polypodium californicum

Rain last night and today. California so needs it…