I Left My Heart

The Golden Gate from Baker Beach

The Transamerica Pyramid and The Sentinel Building

Fire escape and copper-green windows of the Sentinel Building

Lanterns in Chinatown; Restaurant in North Beach

Lanterns in Chinatown

Chinatown

Victorian Building, North Beach

Ranunculus at San Francisco Flower Market; Cable Car

Gelato and sidewalk cafes in North Beach

The Painted Ladies, Alamo Square

Victorian Houses, Alamo Square Historic District

Cherry blossom time in San Francisco

Hello everyone! I hope your month of May has been merry!

For your weekend viewing, I’m bringing you a colorful tour from our recent adventure in San Francisco. The weather was gorgeous, clear and sunny, with a very strong wind that threatened to blow us over a few times while navigating the steep streets and sidewalks (especially when carrying 30 pounds of gear!)

Our trip was a mix of business, family visits and a little getaway. D used to live in the North Beach area and I’m quite familiar with the city, so we very much enjoyed visiting favorite spots and indulging in perhaps too much Italian food and gelato (but is there such a thing as too much gelato? I think not). Experiencing other environments is so rejuvenating, isn’t it? Even a drive to a neighboring area for lunch or sightseeing can be such a lift to the spirits and also make you appreciate where you live even more. An adventure near to home is an adventure just the same. I’d love to hear what adventures you’ve  been on recently or are looking forward to.

(In other news, this week I completed a huge and important project which had been my main focus for the last six weeks, so my shameful blogging neglect will be soon rectified. Thank you for continuing to visit through it all.)

Thinking of you and sending wishes for a lovely weekend. I hope these photos bring a bit of joy and adventure.

much love,

G

Hellebores from Our Garden

Hello, dear friends!

I hope this finds you very well. I’ve been on location and traveling so blogging time has been a bit limited. But I’m back and thought you’d like to see a bit of what is growing in the woodland garden.

Every year here I do a feature on our amazing hellebores, also known as Lenten Rose, which thrive in our cool and damp climate. When we purchased our property six years ago, I discovered three hellebore plants in one of the beds near the entrance to the house and became entranced with them, although I didn’t know what they were! Since then, I’ve added dozens of them to the garden, mostly in the woodland area, where they bloom from January to May or June. And they leaves are evergreen so they are beautiful throughout the year.

They tend to nod their heads rather shyly, and on flat ground you need to bend over and tip the faces of the flowers up to appreciate their beauty. Since our property is very hilly, I planted them on the upward slope of the woodland garden where we can look up at them from our kitchen window and see all the details inside the blooms. They are among our favorite plants and I highly recommend them if you have the climate that is favorable to them. They can be expensive so I watch for sales and pamper them when planting but otherwise they thrive without much attention and reward us year after year with charm and grace.

I know many of you are finally coming out of a long and harsh winter. I’m so glad to see the signs of spring that you are sharing and look forward to visiting you to catch up on your news.

Wishing you a beautiful week!

much love,

G

p. s. Delighted to have contributed an article and photos to this wonderful magazine, Beyond the Camera, published by my friend Sarah Gardner, a creator of gorgeous, romantic images. Do treat yourself to a read of this absolutely lovely publication!

Plum Perfect

blue sky and clouds

Hello, my friends! Today’s post is a celebration in pinks and grey-blue of one of our favorite spring joys: the blossoms of our Blireina plum trees.

If you’ve visited here in past years, you might recall that every March I go a bit crazy during the brief appearance of these magical, fragrant flowers. So much loveliness to capture! And this year, with a sudden spell of unseasonably warm weather, the blossoms opened literally overnight and soon will be falling like fairy dust or like the snow that many of you have been experiencing.

Our Easter weekend was blue sky, billowing clouds springing across it like new lambs and summer temps which brought forth an explosion of pink and white beauty citywide. Perfect weather for a summer day and astonishing for March. All the more panic-inducing than usual because the window for photographing it all will be swift – the rains return in a few days. And so, my studio has been filled with bucket loads and arm loads and table loads of blossoms – not only plum but cherry, quince and magnolia. Not to mention the bounty from the woodland garden of narcissus, hyacinth, bleeding heart, hellebores, vinca and so much more.

But of all the pink blossoms floating around us, these from our plum trees are most special. Growing in our own garden, with the loveliest ruffly petals and sweet smell, they bring smiles and joyful thoughts of Spring’s arrival and a reminder to embrace and cherish her fleeting treasures.

Wishing each of you much beauty and grace this week.

love,

G

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