I’ve been VERY lazy lately, but I knew anyone following Laguna Dirt would want to know about a fun event coming up in Southern California next Sunday (Dec. 15). Three of the best garden bloggers from this area are teaming up to share some of their treasures at the Long Beach Flea Market. And you can meet them in person, too!
I’ve shamelessly copied the post by Denise from her A Growing Obsession blog so you can get all the details. She’s way too modest. This trio of plant fiends not only know their horticulture, but they are artists, writers, photographers, designers, and simply great people.
Hope to see you there! Here is her post (notice her amazing photographs!) :
Where & When: Find us Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Long Beach Antique Market. It opens early (6:30 a.m.!), so it won’t take too big of a bite out of your day.
Who: Me, garden designer Dustin Gimbel (non-secateur), and graphic artist Reuben Munoz (RanchoReubidoux) will be manning the stall for a winter blogger meetup and pop-up shop at one of the best flea markets in Southern California. Our little flea market just became even merrier, now that Reuben has joined the festivities.
Why: Holiday shopping at the malls has always been a no-go zone for me, and online shopping can get a little…well, sterile. I’ve made it a tradition to hit the fleas in December, for the people watching, for the serendipitous flea-bagging, for the sheer spectacle of it all. I can’t wait to find out what it’s like on the other side of the table, not that I won’t be squeezing in a good browse too…
What: There’ll be some industrial salvage, pots and plants, along with some hand-made stuff created just for this flea, including mural pieces by Reuben.
(Diamonds are an agave’s best friend.)
And I’m coaxing more and more sailor knotwork out of Marty now that his summer job on the Catalina Island ferries is on hiatus, the huge doorstops that take incredible muscle to tighten (I can’t do it yet, dammit!) as well as smaller sizes for bookshelves, paper weights — wherever the eye would like to trace the lines of a briny, ropy orb, or a computer-fatigued hand needs to grasp and weigh something reassuringly solid, or a reminder is needed that fresh breezes and adventures are on the way. The office is more rigging loft now, with rope strewn everywhere. We found some beautiful vintage line at a marine salvage yard in Newport Beach, including some lovely honey colors and subtle variegateds.
I can hardly bear to sell any of it, so even if I have to reload the car with it all, it’s a win/win. At least we’ll get the chance to meet up with some of you, our comrades and fellow devotees of the impeccable design work done by the plant kindgdom. We’re gathering up simple textures and shapes that people with an eye for beautiful plants would like to have nearby, especially in winter. I can’t speak for Reuben, though — no telling what he’s up to! And I have no idea how we’re going to fit it all into one stall, especially since Dustin wants to bring some big specimen plants. But it promises to be a very merry flea indeed, if slightly shambolic as the best fleas are, with hot cider and cookies. We’d all love to meet up with you there. (Marty dared me to fit in the word shambolic. He should know I never back away from a dare.)
I’ve known about The Ecology Center for a number of years now, but never stopped by to visit. It’s right next door to one of my favorite veggie/fruit stands–South Coast Farms (all organic!). It was founded in 2008, when the city of San Juan Capistrano decided to convert the city’s oldest historic farmhouse into a community educational facility.
Welcome to The Succulent Cafe!
My husband and I wandered into this little gem of a cafe in Oceanside, California, on our way home from the San Diego Airport. I wish the photos were better, but I snapped these shots with my phone camera.
Have you heard about Slow Food? We learned about this group from a foodie friend in Laguna about a year ago. Tonight, we finally made it to one of their events. And we are going back, for sure! My understanding is that the Slow Food movement was started in 1986 in response to someone putting a McDonald’s in Italy (Fast food, slow food–get it?). Today, chapters all over the world are helping spread food culture, and work to “link the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”
My friend Jill warned me about camping down at Trails, which are the gorgeous, remote surf beaches at the southern tip of Orange County and northern border of San Diego County. When I asked if she wanted to join us at one of the spots along what’s called The Bluffs at San Onofre State Beach in May, she wisely scoped them out ahead of time while surfing down there. And she took a polite pass.
For some unexplainable reason, I have never been to the Venice Home and Garden Tour. I’ve always had a conflict with the date. But this year, I cleared my calendar well ahead of time: Saturday, May 4. If it’s anything like the Venice Art Walk, I know the experience will be fun, interesting and sheer happy-making!
We’ve all read the alarming news about the decline of bees, especially the honeybees we rely upon to pollinate much of our food. It’s so disturbing, and if you are like me, you would love to be able to help the poor bees. The good news, especially if you live in Orange County, California, is that you can! And without lifting a sticky finger.
Sunset Magazine Garden Book Contest!
With all the great outdoor living ideas and images floating around the Internet these days, it’s hard to collect and find them all when you are ready for your own projects. That’s why I love Sunset Magazine‘s new Western Garden Book: The 20-Minute Gardener. This stylish book has it all, from hip outdoor spaces to DIY projects to finding easy-care plants and flowers for your gardens. It comes in a large enough format to showcase the terrific selection of 300 color photos, but compact and organized to quickly find what you need. Even though I’m a blog junkie, sometimes I just prefer leafing through a book to clicking through computer pages.
Driving down PCH the other day, I did a double take of one of the storefronts off our busy highway that runs along the coast through the middle of Laguna Beach. It was hard to see in the shade, but I was certain it was one of those trendy living walls. From what I can tell, I believe it’s our first one (at least of such a high profile and scale) in town.
Ever since I started my search for a vintage fiberglass camper, I imagined taking it to our nearby state park in Crystal Cove and spending the night perched on the bluffs between Laguna and Newport beaches, watching the stars and listening to the crashing waves. After two years of researching, buying and renovating our little glamper, we made it! Here’s the view out of our plexiglass back window, which frames one of our famous winter sunsets and Catalina Island in the distance.
- Meet Southern California’s BEST Garden Bloggers at the Long Beach Flea!!
- The Ecology Center
- The Succulent Cafe
- Slow Food
- The Ying Yang of Camping at The Bluffs at Sano
- A Teaser for the Venice Home and Garden Tour
- The Buzz About Bees
- New Sunset Garden Book Giveaway!
- Living Wall Springs Up in Laguna
- Glamping in Crystal Cove
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