I had a lot of dreams as a child and a lot of them change as I grow up (or cross them off my list as I achieved them), but having an edible garden and traveling have always been constant dreams for as long as I can remember. Perhaps the word “dreams” no longer really apply anymore, rather just what I want out of daily life itself, a part of living. Gardening and Traveling, both allow me to see life constantly changing, growing and living/dying on this beautiful planet.  They keep my senses on the alert, open my eyes and heart, and often stands what I take for granted on its head. Amidst all the chaos, beauty is often the byproduct.

I received this book over the holidays and as soon as Spring shows its toes, I jumped on the chance to start a container garden. While my backyard is still in progress as we just put in a raised container bed for herbs and vegetables, I found these little gems of colors exploding all over the place. I spent the morning observing them through my camera. Here are a few of my favorites:

Calamondin. For good luck. Small ripe fruits as big as my toes. Very high in Vitamin C.

‘Joystick Mix’. They are certainly joyful. Their long stems reaching for you saying “pet me, pet me.” (Yes, I am ok). Their scientific name is Armeria Maritima…” they have a great copper-tolerance, and are able to grow in soils with copper concentrations of up to 6400 mg/kg!”

Lavendar is my favorite color. These are so lovely against their greenery. When I squint my eyes, I’m in a dream of Lavender. Lavender has many uses. Infusions of lavender are believed to soothe insect bites, burns, and headaches. Bunches of lavender repel insects. In pillows, lavender seeds and flowers aid sleep and relaxation. An infusion of flowerheads added to a cup of boiling water soothes and relaxes at bedtime. Lavender oil (or extract of Lavender) heals acne when used diluted 1:10 with water, rosewater, or witch hazel; it also treats skin burns and inflammatory conditions. See, what a useful plant.

 

Calla lily is one of my favorite flowers. Simple in shape, incredibly elegant and totally sexy. This is the last lily standing.

Sedum requieni AKA Jeepers Creepers. I just love the name. They may look prickly but incredibly soft. I often run my fingers over them when nearby. I would love to replace them with grass so I can feel their gentle texture under my toes.

Dill. Lacey green that smells so good. They taste amazing in soups and on fish.

Dill Flowers

 

Mint and Sweet Basil. The aroma is out of this world. They look so pretty I have to restrain myself from eating them right then and there.

Tiny baby Japanese Maple. We have a love for the red maple and hope this will grow bigger and strong.

And lastly:

Drosera, a type of Sundew. Carnivorous plants that live in bog. They’re my new pet. They eat bugs, and thrive in low nutrient soil, which means I can only use distill water and feed them bugs once a month.