Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Year In A Garden


A YEAR ON IVARENE FARMS






 
A look back at last years bountiful supply of vegetables that never stopped giving made me anxious for another productive year.  This year doesn't look quite the same.  Not enough rain, too much sun and dry conditions.  I haven't given up hope, I have these pictures to inspire me.


January

Carrots

Arugula and baby lettuce


Spinach

Kale

Sugar snap peas

February

Chamomile

Broccolini, Scallions, and Endive

Misc. Ingredients


March

Carrots
Beets

beautiful butter leaf and mesclun

April

Cauliflower

Tri Colored Beets

May

Flowering Fava Beans

The Beds in Bloom

Beautiful Beets

June

Fava Beans


Sunflowers

Brussel Sprouts


Onion Flower, Golden Beets, Chamomile

July

TIME TO HARVEST GARLIC
Garlic

AND PICKLE CHERRIES
purchased from the Hollywood Farmer's Market
 Chinese Five Spice and Star Anise



August

Haricot Vert

Wax Beans

Purple Beans, Haricot Vert and Wax Beans

September
When I planted my tomato plants in spring, I filled the holes I dug with compost... from which came...

Mystery Squash and Gourds

Pumpkin

Acorn

Delicious!

Chard





                                                                           October

Dried Sunflowers on the stalk very Tim Burton
Late Summer Watermelon-with seeds

Encroaching Gourdes

Watermelon

Pear and Cherry Tomatoes

Tomato Harvest

November
Chard

 Winter Strawberries

December
Garlic Plantings

Mint, Thyme, and Basil

December Tomatoes in red and green



Thursday, January 5, 2012

outside in

From pretty much wherever I am in our house I feel like I am outside.  Our house is mostly glass which sometimes makes us feel as if we were in a fish bowl or under the sea in a kelp bed.  To create privacy we spent several years rearranging trees and bamboo like it was furniture.  











When we moved in to our glass and concrete hillside abode, it was a gigantic modern abyss meant for a couple.  Having three children, a dog and many extra people in our lives the place felt spacious, but needed more bedrooms.  As we designed and built we brought the theme of the outside in.  




Replacing walls with windows let light and greenery in.  Timber bamboo created a kelp forrest like effect.   Grapevines entwined themselves around the bamboo- but were thankfully tidied up by my Father In Law at Thanksgiving.






Heavy bamboo branches cast beautiful green silhouettes.





Even with the shades drawn we can't escape the greenery.







A Tord Boonje fixture  creates a zoetrope like effect when spun.  Rabbits, fawns, horses and butterfly fly across the walls.





Laser cut butterly and hummingbirds hang from the windows in the girls rooms.





Cavern Blackbird wallpaper was so nice we used it twice. www.cavernhome.com/wallpaper-blackbird-white





Bouroullec Brothers Algue dripping from the ceiling.


Doors open or closed I never feel far from nature. 








The occasional interloper....





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