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hey guess what??? my backyard was featured on apartment therapy today for their great outdoors edition! i was so excited when i was scrolling through google reader and saw a picture of my backyard. at first, taken back wondering where did this come from? i am super happy and honored to have made the cut again. ( my last apartment was featured a few years back!)

the one thing i didn’t mention(and wish i would have) in the post was that i share the yard with my lovely neighbors dede and tom and their pup, gary! they are such great, nice, charming neighbors and we all love the backyard.  tom has been helping me garden and dede loves being able to bask in the sun. gary, of course, and wylie are best of friends and the backyard is a luxury for them to run around in!

check out the link here!

here are some new pics of the garden. things are still blooming and i love waking up in the morning and walking around to see how everything is doing, you know just to say a little hello! the pomegranate flowers are showering the tree and ground with bright red flowers. the loquats are reedy to eat. the lemons i have been using for weeks now.

we also have finally started the garden. the herbs are going strong! so far we have planted: tomatoes (3 kinds), zucchini, strawberries, mesclun, kale, cilantro, fingerling potatoes, eggplant, beans, and lots of peppers! the berry bush from last year looks so pretty too! i hope it brings us some berries!

and of course, a few detail shots for fun!

thank you so much apartment therapy!!

my travel italia post was featured on freshly pressed today! what an honor! and what an amazing adventure this day has been reading all of the lovely comments and nice words. to inspire people through my own desires or my own eye (that of the iPhone camera at the time) is quite a glorious feeling. i will try and go through to respond to most of your comments. too bad there isn’t a “like” button on each comment like good old Facebook. just to let each and every person know i read, heard, and appreciate their comment. and thanks to all the new followers. i hope you enjoy each post as much as the italy post!

i had a few different options for posting today. i try to do as much original content as possible. i have been inspired by all the little green things popping up around my yard. living in southern california there is always some new kind of plant or flower i have never seen before or noticed. i also finally replanted my herbs yesterday.  looking forward to starting the garden sometime soon.

I have a large affection for my backyard. Outside my front door are the bright lights (and an amazing view) of downtown LA. Outside the backdoor is a little garden of eden nestled in the concrete perimeters of Echo Park.  Recently, my neighbor and I made some farm boxes.  It started with an herb garden that I planted last  summer in this small nook.

Unfortunately, after a month long journey to other countries, the herbs did not survive.  So, this time with the help of my neighbor the herbs got moved into pots where we planted lots more!!!

Everytime I walk into my backyard to get herbs I get so happy! It really is the simple things.  We have basil, mint, thyme, oregano, sage, marjoram, dill, and chives. The next step was a farm box.  There was some old wood lying around that was aged just so lovely. ( I wanted to make a table out of it for my front hallway, but the project was a bust. Boo. )We cut it up and it became the first little farm box.

The box became to small so we decided to make a bigger one! This time heading to Home Depot to get 2  1×12. Cutting them into 4 feet each making a 4×4 box.  So easy, if you have a saw, drill,and some screws. We transferred the tomatoes into the bigger box…one didn’t do so well with that transfer, poor guy.  We added in some pepper plants and a cherry tomato plant.  The small box became filled with romaine, strawberries, and sugar baby watermelon.  I also have some marionberries growing in a pot, although those won’t blossom until next summer. I know summer is coming to an end in most of the country, but I feel like it hasn’t even started in LA yet.  Perhaps this is a project for next summer! I love the little garden. Even if we only get 8 tomatoes!


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