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The Nature Journal

Balcony Garden Summer Birds

Balcony Garden Summer Birds

The summertime has brought a colorful mix of birds through the #BalconyGarden in Glendale.  

Summer is a season of sharing for the hummingbirds.  They are territorial year round, but they will be more likely to share the feeder when it is really hot.  It is as though the heat makes them too tired to be aggressive enough to chase away the others.

Why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs.

Why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs.

This article is from The Conversation, and I wanted to share it here with you to express the health benefits of gardening and spending time in nature.  Enjoy!

Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Making Time for Nature

Making Time for Nature

Living in Southern California has offered me options in keeping nature in my life.   A flexible work schedule and an unconventional weekend have helped me add nature into my weekly schedule.  Continue reading "Making Time for Nature & Recording My Garden's Progress with Trello" below.

Connecting with Nature through a Sensory Experience

Connecting with Nature through a Sensory Experience

Last year I set out to create a community workshop centered around the plants that I love and meditation. From this desire came the "Get to Know ...
All About Rosemary

All About Rosemary

- Rosmarinus Officinalis - Rosemary is a classic herb.  Many people are familiar with its culinary flavor, and love incorporating it into a roasts ...
All About Lavender

All About Lavender

- Lavendula Angustifolia - Lavender is an herb that has been popular throughout history.  It created industrial booms, popular trends and is seeing...
Balcony Garden Winter Birds

Balcony Garden Winter Birds

The Balcony Garden is the ideal spot for local bird watching.  We live on the 3rd floor of our building, and the balcony faces a lot with overgrown...
My First House Plant

My First House Plant

Aloe Vera makes a great houseplant, especially as a starter plant.   This plant is useful for its wound and burn healing properties, and is easy t...
My Garden Tea Blends

My Garden Tea Blends

As a gardener, my favorite plants to work with are herbs.  I particularly like perennial herbs which continue growing each year, like rosemary, lemon verbena and sage.  The weather in Southern California can get hot, especially in Encino (which is in the San Fernando Valley).  This is where the Sepulveda Community Garden Center is located, and where I cultivate many herb plants.  
Honeymoon in Nature - It's Fiji Time!

Honeymoon in Nature - It's Fiji Time!

Aaron and I got married in October, and a few days later, we went to a tropical paradise for our honeymoon.  

We went to.. FIJI!
We landed at the Nadi Airport and took a 45 minute speed boat to Malolo Island. 

Our Whimsical Nature-Inspired Wedding - Part Three!

Our Whimsical Nature-Inspired Wedding - Part Three!

The Skirball Cultural Center is a beautiful campus atop the hills by the Getty Museum.  The campus has gorgeous gardens and fascinating exhibits th...
Our Whimsical Nature-Inspired Wedding - Part Two!

Our Whimsical Nature-Inspired Wedding - Part Two!

The ceremony ended, and right afterward, we created a special moment to connect with our loved ones who just witnessed our proclamation of love - t...