Nature. Wild & untouched. Photographing it, preserving it, taking walks & drinking in the landscapes as they unfold.
Gardens. Touched by loving hands. Cultivated, nurtured. Drinking in those landscapes is wonderful, as well.
In my garden one enjoys some of both. Generally unpruned & wild, my plants reshape the garden as they grow. Beyond its borders, natives from the Santa Monica Mtns. await. Oaks with their shady canopies. Cactus & Sage in the sun.
And always there are animal creatures to join in the fun.
I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you as they unfold.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sweet Fennel Plants, Topanga, Santa Monica Mtns
Sweet Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare is found along roadsides, esp. closer to the Ocean. It blooms May-Sept. Originally a Mediterranean native, it has now made California its home. It has a pronounced odor and taste similar to licorice or anise. Leaves can be used in cooking, but care must be taken not to confuse Sweet Fennel with Poison Hemlock, since they resemble each other when not in bloom. In Spanish days, Sweet Fennel was spread on the mission floors for a pleasant scent.