Welcome to my Garden

Welcome to my garden and my musings.

My name is Lesley Stern, I’m a writer and have been gardening most of my life, for the last twenty years in San Diego where we are lucky enough to garden all year. I share the garden with Jeffrey and Roxy the cat and three chickens, as well as numerous butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, lizards and pests galore. 

I am starting this diary during a global pandemic and a climate crisis such as never before experienced. If gardening is addictive and frequently bucolic it is also sometimes a battleground. I feel immensely lucky to have my garden, but miss talking with other gardeners, and also visiting other gardens and nurseries. I do, however, talk with passersby (wearing our masks and at a suitable distance), and it gives me great pleasure in this time to give pleasure to many who do not have a garden of their own. Especially the little boy who calls it the Butterfly Jungle. I would like to welcome to this blog new gardeners, old gardeners, and those who simply enjoy the sensations, and the ideas, that gardens make possible. 

Mine is a small suburban garden, less than a quarter acre, but every inch is jam-packed with plants. Come in, off the street, take a look.

And now down the side of the house and through the back gate

Turn and enter the back yard through a small path edged with pineapple guava trees

Now you see our offices and garage (aka garden shed) on the right, the so-called “white” garden on the left, slightly hidden, and behind that the chicken run.

slight detour to meet Gigi, Isadora (aka Izzy) and Lorelei

At last we reach the vegetable garden

We cook a lot from the garden, but also range beyond its confines and the confines of this country. I grew up in Zimbabwe and have lived in Britain and Australia as well, and in both gardening and cooking am interested in ideas from elsewhere, as well as stories and histories. 

Sometimes the posts to this blog will occur daily, sometimes they will be spaced out over weeks. Sometimes the writing and images will stay close to home, other times they will digress and meander. I’m interested in hearing from other gardeners particularly from other parts of this country and from other parts of the world, and in including your images.

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15 thoughts on “Welcome to my Garden

  1. Oh how wonderful! I love all the photos. My eyes are drawn to the orange-red nasturtiums, which you must like as well because look at your kitchen floor and apron. And I remember the color of your kitchen table too. I am still doing a little gardening, but all my photos require a close-up to look like much. Your “muchness” looks great even in long shot! My land is swampy and not an inch of it could exactly be called “full sun” so growing food is a challenge. But I have luck with a few flowers. Ferns, caladiums, and elephant ears like it here.

    • Tracy, I always love to hear from you and wish you were here. You have a great eye for color, and I know you are building a lovely garden in what you call your Savannah swamp

  2. I am so happy to read what your doing in your garden. It’s a great way for us to stay connected. I love your garden and am excited to watch it throughout the seasons.

    • Conni, isn’t it weird that we love so close and yet in this time cannot visit, but I’m happy to keep up the connection with you through the blog.

  3. Lovely to see you & your garden – will endeavour to step up to the plate with my incredibly amateur endeavours – all I can say right now is that nothing has died – yet

    • Judy, if nothing has died in your new home you are doing great! Send me a pic sometime, am keen to see what’s happening in Australian gardens, even in pots!

  4. What a great tour of your garden and vegies and to see your girls so keen to be photographed (or fed) and so happy to see you. Most of the photos I’ve seen of your house have been inside or from the inside looking out, so it was great to see the outside and walk down the side path. I really liked the winding front path to your front door.
    Will post some photos soon.

    • Hi Charlie, feels like you are here – I have fond memories of yr garden, how is it and you doing in this time? thankyou for commenting, I love to know who is reading the blogxxx

  5. Hi Lesley, I’m finally getting to the meat of blog rather than just scrolling through the first page of pictures. Being a meat eater, I am ready to devour it and looking much forward to it.

  6. luscious slow luxury, this reading and viewing here. I’m so happy to visit your garden again. and the food! thank you, as always, you inspire me.

  7. Artichokes! Almost my favourite thing! I am so envious of anyone who grows them! I don’t have the space, but devour them whenever they come into season – because it’s so short and delicious. This year, my broad beans are sprouting & I hope I can keep the creatures away from them so that i get a crop! LOVE your garden! xx

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