Monday, August 8, 2022

Visiting Joyce's Mom & Her Garden

This post is for my friend in Copenhagen: Annette, you would have loved this garden so much. 

Joyce and I visited her mom, Irma, in Los Angeles last Thursday. Los Angeles freeway traffic wasn't too bad, but I was grateful for Joyce driving us. 


Joyce's parents live in a lovely place in the big city. And their home has a beautiful garden. Every time I visit, I see new trees and new flowers that I hadn't noticed before.


The garden is lush and green and it really has a sort of magical effect, it's so large, with trees so huge, their canopies give so much shade. You would have to be a poet to describe the effect this garden has on me. 


This is Irma catching the oranges Joyce is picking for her. 



Irma's garden has oranges, avocados, lemons, mangoes, papayas and so much more.


Beautiful flowers are everywhere.


This rose had a heavenly scent.


A yellow rose, my favorite flower.


The variegated leaves of this iris were just magnificent.



This avocado tree is large and massive. I believe earlier generations of Joyce's family lived here and planted some of the trees and plants in the garden.




There were plants growing close to the ground and plants in pots. 


And a place to sit awhile.

On the way home, we got caught in a desert downpour. It was powerful, but short-lived. 

Fortunately, later at night, the cayon was blessed with a thunder storm that brought some more rain. 

I was so tired, I have no idea how long the storm lasted. But I'm so grateful for the rain.

And also grateful that Faith is not afraid of thunder and lightning. 

Just a bit concerned, looking at me - like: Hey, mommy, why don't you just make this stuff go away? 


Then we both fell asleep.


 




11 comments:

  1. One of your pictures has a plant that has appeared on its own in my garden. Can you identify it? It's right after the sentence about Joyce's family having established the garden.

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  2. I can never sleep until our violent storms go away. what beautiful garden, it looks like the LA gardens we see in movies on TV. I like all the fruit except the avocado. I want to take our avocado tree down. It is great you had a fun day with J away from home. I would love ot have a day OFF from home

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  3. Only thing better than a pretty garden is an edible one and it seems she has both. Glad you got some rain. Love Faith's calm attitude towards the storm. Callie would be wild eyed and pacing.

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  4. Hi Inger - how wonderful to join Joyce with a visit to see her mother ... and that gorgeous garden - looks to be a delight to visit (often - I hope) ... I gather you've had rain - but good to see ... we could do with some/a decent amount soon after the present heatwave we're having finishes! We in the south are desperate for rain ... a hosepipe ban is in place! It sounds like Faith is fantastic that she's not frightened of the thunder and lightning ... and the smell of the earth - aaahhhh!! Lovely post - thank you - Hilary

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  5. Wow, even fruit trees! And the roses and Iris are so stunning! I wish I could walk around there and just look and smell.

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  6. What a wonderful garden! And yay for the rain! What a blessing!

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  7. What a lovely day out. Must be wonderful to walk around in the garden and pick fresh fruit right off the tree. Glad to hear you got some much needed rain.

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  8. How fortunate to be visiting Joyce's mother, Irma and her beautiful garden. So many fruit trees that wouldn't grow in our colder climate is a delight to see. I can't imagine picking these fruits off the trees. We have to buy all those fruits at the market but they pick them when they are still unripe and they don't come close to the flavor and texture of freshly picked fruits from the trees.

    It sounds heavenly in that garden. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. To pick your fruit right off the trees! I had a peach tree once, but all I did was provide munchies for the bugs I could not get rid of! :-)

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  10. What a nice day trip and beautiful garden.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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