Some want more of it than others. Yes, me, I have ALWAYS wanted a collection of mantilla combs.
Have you also noticed that it's also possible to enjoy abundance and to amass in a spare and restrained way?
Which would describe you? A more is MORE type of person, or a ALOT of a little, goes a long way kind of person? And is it a lot of outdoorsy kinds of things like the top pictures that you would prefer? Or are you one of those.......magpies.......who wants to stockpile all those lovely things in your nest at home?
(None of the rest of these photos are mine. Sorry not able to credit them at this time.)
Last Saturday, we went on some excellent adventures of an Italian flavored kind.
They involved flowers and food. (Are you surprised?)
The bonus of the day was this groovy mobile home we happened upon en route to......
Nuccio's Camellia and Azalea Farm in Altadena, just a hop skip and jump from where we live.
But who knew? It was a little heaven on earth. Nestled at the base of the
San Gabriel mountains. (Since like the 1940's!!!!!! They'd been in Alhambra in the '30's)
A lovely man greeted us who reminded me of my Dad's cousin Jack.
He had snowy white hair and was dressed in a cheery outfit of well worn old school heavy duty jeans
red checks, and I'm sure there was a bandana involved somewhere. He was very chatty and so helpful and of course knew immediately exactly where the camellia was located that I was after - the one in the top picture. The greenhouses and plantings are vast. And so peaceful, looking down and across to downtown L.A. (I think I'm in love and I'm going to run away from home to live there.)
Mr. Nuccio seemed to think it was a very good idea that I wanted to espalier my camellia. He already knows a thing or two about espalier-ing. So my own is still not planted but he tells me that camellias are very easy to grow here in California. (Something that surprised me, because my frame of reference for such flowers is the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia region of the U.S. and England.)
I now just have to be patient some more because my plant will take TWO YEARS to flower! But it will be worth it. Any other camellia fans out there?
(I found out about Nuccio's and my particular camellia via Matt at: Growing With Plants - also on the blogroll. He's a great resource!)
The food part of our Italian themed Saturday comes next week. Watch this space!
O.K. maybe some of you wouldn't. Especially since it's very cold and snowy at the moment where you might be. I would only want to do it as he does - with lots of assistants about, or in waiting in some nearby pub - to help with the setting up and taking down, to grab hold of the wet canvases in just the right way before a stiff wind can blow them right off across the countryside. To tidy up the paints afterwards.
But what I meant to post about is spring. It's on its way. It might not seem like it now. But soon it will arrive. Even here in L.A., I dream about it.
Maybe you'll get a little soupçon of it, a bit of a thaw.......some little moment soon.
I'm so glad that David Hockney has moved back to L.A. Even though I never run into him.
But you never know, I just might. One has to be hopeful......no? Don't ask me what I would say to him.
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