Monday, April 18, 2011

A day at Mauna and Lee’s

I spent the afternoon at my wonderful neighbor’s
house taking pictures of their beautiful garden...

creativity in every corner.

This once barren, weedy landscape took a few years
to pull together but just look at it now.

An eye for beauty and detail.

unusual plants

color and texture created with non-thirsty plants perfect
for Southern California landscapes.

bowling balls and boulders

I covet this old neon Paint sign that they salvaged.

creative use of color and form

Bold and fearless...

Mauna and Lee are not only creative to the core but
are such good people in so many ways.  They are local activists who put countless
hours into helping their Wrigley neighborhood and the city of Long Beach.

They are also loads of fun and have great parties.

The end to a perfect day...


Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a gorgeous garden! It must be a pleasure to sit there, reading a book, sipping a cool beverage on a hot, lazy afternoon.

collage whirl said...

I love that sign too!

PK Studios said...

love love love your new look Cynthia!!! I'm jealous ... did I already tell you this? : ) Love the fonts too...really fun!
Love to see others great to see so many creative gardening folk out there! Thanks for coming by today and reading. xo Penny

Gracie's Cottage said...

What a great garden and I'd fight you for that 'paint' sign...ha! Love your new profile picture too!


Kath said...

I'm doing a little dance, theres hope for my weed infested bramble patch yet!

oldgreymare said...

Wow you guys have dueling gardens. You both must be the prides of the neighborhood. :D


miss*R said...

that is the most magickal garden! it tempts my inner little girl.. what a fun place to be for you.. love it all! thankyou for sharing this.. another place that I would never have seen if not for a blogging friend xoxo

Cynthia Fox-Giddens said...

A lovely walk over to your neighbor's garden that is absolutely wonderful. They have truly created an oasis in a variety of ways.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Cynthia
What a great garden.. so colourful.. and love that PAINT sign!!! Great to spend time with good people!! Hope you have a fab easter.. ciao xxxx Julie

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Cynthia!
What a gorgeous garden your friends have...LOVE all the colors and texture. They sound like fun people...and it sounds like you had a fun time...good for you. I hope this week has been a good one for you and you're not working too hard. Enjoy what's left of the week my friend!
Maura :)

koralee said...

Oh my what a lovely lovely garden! I love the old Paint sign! Hope all is well my friend..hugs for a great Easter! xoxoxo

mise said...

That's a beautifully uplifting and artistic garden - they've done great work.

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Beautiful- love the succulents.

La Petite Gallery said...

You are right, it's like a wonderland. I have a lot of gardening ahead of me. Sick as a dog. Jusk got back from a wild trip to NYC 4 days . I got this same flu in Dec when I went to the wedding there. yvonne

Pam said...

Wonderful! Love the touches of red.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Cynthia!
I LOVE this backyard and you're right..they're fearless. How could you NOT be in a good mood when you step outdoors and see this every day! That fireplace reminds me of my step family...they had one in orange in their living room way back in the 70's. I hope today is another beautiful one for's been cool here and I can't wait till the warm weather returns and I can get into my shorts and tank tops! Have a great day my friend...
Maura :)

Privet and Holly said...

Now THEY sound
like fun friends
to have! Love all
the creativity in
their yard.....and
the colors would
keep anyone smiling!
xx Suzanne

Joanna Jenkins said...

WOW! Their yard and your photos could be in a magazine. What fantastic beauty! Like you I'd arm wrestle for that PAINT sign and the bowling ball is a hoot. Now I'll be on the look out for one too.

Hope you're enjoying this nice warm weather! xo jj

1 Funky Woman said...

What an awesome backyard. I think I would spend hours back there. How lucky to have them as neighbors. They are so cool with throwing a bowling ball around and that PAINT sign is fantastic! My sister lives in CA and I am so jealous ofthe landscapes compared to the ones here in Iowa!

SO happy you shared this, no grab a cup of joe and a book and head on over to your neighbors. They won't mind, lol!


Heavens2Betsy said...

What a fabulous garden - so many colours, so many interesting things to see. I'd pay to take a walk round there! Your photos are fabulous. Thanks for coming to visit me and signing up. Penny


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