Pumpkin Flower Power!

Flor de Calabaza

These are delicious edible flowers!

Jean Claude Van DAN

When Tucson gets hot, just run for the hills.  In the babylonian flatland of concrete and tar, your body perspires losing all its water to cool down, sticks to itself, and you become a lumpy ball of angry, sweaty dough which then dries out and the radiating heat waves bake you into a crusty angry sonoran sourdough.  Its not even summer yet, and I’m scrambling to get off this frying pan.

The good thing about being trapped within this allergenic dustbowl of mountains, is you can scurry up those mountains for cooler weather a short drive away.  So many more reasons to go camping… and climbing!

There are over 2000 marked and maintained climbs on Mount Lemmon alone.  If you don’t like the sun baking you on the route you’re on, just walk 5 steps, and find a chimney or a shaded wall.  Like this one.  Nice and cool, and there’s still a stream trickling, where last month a river was cascading.


Tucson is funky and fun, but its time to go

Case in point:

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This is the type of Mad Max stuff we got going on.  Tucson has many classic characters just like this here God of Recycling.  I should make a calendar.  All styles of madness are on exhibit.


stimulating are all things in garden, in life

the peas will soon spring from this fountain of life open heart opens all other senses to feed and change informationif you sit quietly, you see your roots are all around.

return to the purity

all is pure

all sourceone might carry the unnecessary burden of the past dramas and traumas,

until surrendering to the one flame,

that fire dances and erases the physical history and its limitations

clearing the mold

giving rise to a spring of truth and love and abundancereleasing all stigma,

releasing all others in turn releases the self

all is pure

explosions of eggplant Ajna in slow motion

all is perception

our one true posession

let it be one with the lightgold light from a center of saved napa cabbagethe eternal Avacadommmmmm

growth is infinite, one with dao is never young and never old

a “one” is silent and listening, acting from the heart, responding with the heartall is timeless

thyme is an illusion


sapote mamey

cilantro cilantro cilantro,

con desayuno almuerzo y cena,

cilantro por vida,

soy cilantrerothe fire raises from the earth and is re-ignited throughout by the oxygen it meets

the core of earth is a fire

creating mountains from its desire to reunite with Soland source strengthened by connection to sun’s flameearth invites water,

water invites air,

air invites fire,

fire invites earth,

my kind of partynew life erupts and shooting forth its own flamesimagine the architect and contractors

within and without this green posture of an archway

I and I, proud member of this unionthe sisters are complete, rising to the infinite, to trade gifts with allthe current is already flowing through

to remove the resistors

by “doing” non-ado


get out of way of the self

still and empty

silent om om om

love will fill

Garden mid-March update

Kidney bean is happy making babies alreadyRomaine. Not invisible anymore, bugs really interested in one of them, making it disappear fastflowers on the sweet peasThe familyOsaka purple mustardgarbanzossweet peaskaletwo, soon to be three sisters; corn, squash,… waiting for the beans to say hello


 Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast,

It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,

It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,

It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil

but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts,

always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

– Corinthians 13:4-8

Clavijero Botanic Garden – Xalapa, Mexico

Spring Shoots – Cochise


Living life slow and having fun.

Camped out in Cochise Stronghold, four days well spent climbing, hiking, playing in streams.  Our camp was blessed by a circle of trees that gave us shade and at night were dressed up like christmas lights full of stars across the moonlit sky.  Right next to a stream I got a brisk shower and washed my clothes.

A pair of young excited brothers led a group of us around the boulders to share what they found earlier; bones, caves, vistas.

Cochise is a gem
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Belaying the 6 year old climbing legend Adela

Meanwhile… Back in T-Town   Came back to find the Sapote Mamey had emerged!  This is a beauty! Rise up my love.   

A lady bug and new lady bug.

Climbing peas!


These little snow peas shoot grappling hooks everywhere! One of them grabbed a branch below so I linked it higher.


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2015/02/img_5294.jpgsquint and maybe find two romaine babies


2015/02/img_5301.jpgspaghetti squash saved seed

Snow pea family

Primavera prep



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