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This piece is by David John from YHBHS, (please check out his blog…it’s amazing!), whom once owned the house I currently live in.  He wrote this piece for the most recent issue of Apartamento, one of my favorite magazines.

 David, was still living in the house when I moved in.  He welcomed me into this home he created, one that obviously already held so much history for him, something I would think could be a hard thing to do.  I so much enjoyed our conversations, his advice, and hearing stories about the house.  He sent me the article yesterday and as I was reading it, I could understand and feel that connection to this house, even though I have only lived in here for a year and a half. David handed over the keys to the new landlord and then they handed over the keys to me. Six months later David left his side of the house  and the keys were handed over to a dear friend of mine. Now the time has come to hand the keys over again. It is hard to see someone leave, someone whom helped you create a home on top of someone else’s once home.  Furniture will leave, the dog and cats, a certain amount of comfort as well. Although I often crave change, I can also find it difficult, especially saying goodbye.  I admit I get a bit to sentimental about things and people. However, I welcome the new neighbors (and luckily I do know them),  but I do wonder what will life be like? How will things transition? Will I miss my old neighbor and friend? Will the new neighbors love the house as much as I do? Will the house mean the same thing to me? What does the future hold in this house?

I don’t think the landlords will ever have a problem renting this place out.  People were lining up at my party last weekend wanting to move in! People LOVE this place!! All the blood, sweat, and tears David and his ex-husband put into this humble home really shows off! In it’s own way, I think it is the perfect little house and it will continue to serve its purpose for me, the new neighbors, and the people after that and after that.

Check out the actual article on David’s blog YHBHS, the photo and story resonate a bit better there!

 

a few posts back i had mentioned the mystery plant i had in the garden. i completely forgot what it was that i had bought and planted. the pods started growing a few weeks ago and until today, i thought it was pea pods! nope, lima beans!!!!! 3 whole lima beans ready to go. who wants to come over…i will share one with you.

In most of the country, summer has come to an end which means most people have probably abandoned their gardens for the winter. Here, in LA she keeps on singing…and we get 90 degree days in October.  The tomato plants didn’t do so hot this year in my backyard. Luckily, the guy at the nursery explained that it was a bad year for tomatoes as we just didn’t have a hot enough summer (maybe a hot enough october?). Phew, I don’t feel so bad now.  I decided to try some new veggies for the fall to see what happens. I planted arrugula, red lettuce, broccoli, string beans, green onion, garlic, shallot, rhubarb, purple carrots, and a mystery plant that I am not sure what it is! The sun really has changed in the backyard and it is only getting a few hours a day. So, far so good, but we shall see!

I did a little DIY and made these signs to display what the plant is and what kind of sunlight and water the plant needs.  Now, the garden looks like grandma’s garden!

I also bought this compost tea at the Sunset Nursery.  I was super excited to feed all my plants with it!

This is a new educational initiative from PBS. Man,I love PBS, it is feel good tv (because you learn something).  I often ask myself where we went wrong as a society with our eating habits. So, many reasons really…which I will spare you my ranting. Instead check out this website and the videos intended to educate children on their food, where it comes from, how it grows, who gets it to them, and how to use it. I love this! I also love Jamie Oliver.

On a recent trip to Split, Croatia we stumbled upon a decaying green house up in Marjan Park. I wanted to spend all day in this place, taking pictures and relishing in the odd beauty of decaying dried plants. But we got kicked out by a burly Croatian man, his dog, and his Croatian pastry.

1. photo by mitch murphy 2.3.4. by annie rocchio

A pretty video for Sunday morning. There are soooooooooo many food blogs out there, like maybe too many.  But this one I think is special. Tiger in a Jar.  They have captured, in what I think, to be a unique way of standing out from the pack.  The beauty in this couple’s work leads me to believe the work is precious as well as the time spent together making it. I also love that they used a Grouper song in the first video. It also only encourages my lust to move to the middle of nowhere and have a farm. Sigh…

I like to save cans with interesting labels for some reason, but that means they have just sit around with no purpose. So, why not plant succulents in them?  I went to the downtown flower mart and for only $40 I got a bunch of little guys to pot.

I had some pots and planters sitting around that needed to be given a friend as well. The wood box I got at a thrift store 6 months ago and since then I have been looking for a good use.  I decided it would make a good planter as well and my neighbor suggested taking off the handle!

I  use cactus mix to plant the succulents and cactus.

  I have a thing for 1970’s garden books. I use to be a plant killer, but with patience and a new found love for a new found hobby, I have managed to keep my house plants alive (only a few casualties in the last year, but I will just blame that on the quality of home depot plants). Plants are like a piece of art, but they are alive, beautiful, and delicate. They bring joy to my day when I frolic around my house.

The next two photos are actually from a book published in 1986.

Between my neighbor and I we practically have a botanical garden. They spill out onto the back porch and into the yard creating somewhat of a 70’s wonderland I have an affinity for.(Also instagram apps help too)  Southern California has the advantage of being able to maintain all these plants year round.

Spider plants and ferns have become my favorite plants and reek of the 70’s. Macrame and anything with lots of foliage would work too.   These images below are from my friend’s house out in New Mexico I took a year ago. He taught me how to care for my plants!

 

My favorite place to shop for plants in LA are:

Rolling Greens

downtown flower mart

Sunset Nursery

photo credits: 1.How to Grow House Plants,Sunset Books.1974. 2,3,4. Sunset Ideas for Hanging Gardens, Sunset Books.1977. 5,6.The Indoor Garden Book,Crown Publishers, 1986. Rest of the photos by: Annie Rocchio

  I have a thing for 1970’s garden books. I use to be a plant killer, but with patience and a new found love for a new found hobby, I have managed to keep my house plants alive (only a few casualties in the last year, but I will just blame that on the quality of home depot plants). Plants are like a piece of art, but they are alive, beautiful, and delicate. They bring joy to my day when I frolic around my house.

The next two photos are actually from a book published in 1986.

Between my neighbor and I we practically have a botanical garden. They spill out onto the back porch and into the yard creating somewhat of a 70’s wonderland I have an affinity for.(Also instagram apps help too)  Southern California has the advantage of being able to maintain all these plants year round.

Spider plants and ferns have become my favorite plants and reek of the 70’s. Macrame and anything with lots of foliage would work too.   These images below are from my friend’s house out in New Mexico I took a year ago. He taught me how to care for my plants!

 

My favorite place to shop for plants in LA are:

Rolling Greens

downtown flower mart

Sunset Nursery

photo credits: 1.How to Grow House Plants,Sunset Books.1974. 2,3,4. Sunset Ideas for Hanging Gardens, Sunset Books.1977. 5,6.The Indoor Garden Book,Crown Publishers, 1986. Rest of the photos by: Annie Rocchio