Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Rodin’s Roses…

We were extremely lucky to be in Paris on La Nuit des Musees. Museums across Europe are open free of charge for one evening each year.

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We chose to go to Musee Rodin, the house and gardens of the sculptor. We thought it opened at 6:00 but when we got there at that time we found we were an hour early and we had to stand in line for an hour in the rain.

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During that wet hour we turned to each other every ten minutes and wondered, “Why are we doing this?” It is a good thing we stayed because at 7:00 the rain stopped and we entered the magical garden. I found it breathtaking…first for the plants…

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Beautiful roses and some plants that looked like home, including ceanothus…

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By this time in the trip my iPhone had its new power pack case and it was more complicated to use my ollo clip macro lens, so I opted to try the built in ability of the iPhone to do macro shots. I got four inches away from the roses and was quite excited to find such a clarity on the raindrops.


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Nesting…

The rain has gone and the poppies remain…

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More Lewisias (Lewisia cotyledon) and more colors

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More Iris (Iris douglasiana)

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Little California wildflowers…Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

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and Baby Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)

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We needed to move the Meyer lemon this year…last year zero produce…this year better already…

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Who knew that making a garden would be such a nesting activity…me, the Bird Man, and the native wildlife are very happy…

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Garden…

Foray into the garden after the big rain wondering what I could possibly find with my new macro lens for my iPhone…surprised to find there was a lot…even though there has not been much rain until now, these California native plants seem to stay on schedule…
the manzanita has some cute little pink flowers

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native ferns

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the pipe vine getting ready

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a bunch of succulents that aren’t California natives

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and the big bonus is the silk tassel plant who last year only had one bloom and zero the year before that. This year it looks like it will have thousands. Will keep you posted when they actually open…

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