Marcelino’s Garden

rose

In my mind the word “art” encompasses so much more than mediums like drawing and painting.  I think artful endeavors also include things like cooking, working with textiles, making music and so on.  Some of us have green thumbs and bring beauty to the word via plant life.  My father-in-law, Marcelino, is one of those people – gardening is his art.

I’ve been a fan of my father-in-law’s garden since I first started dating my husband nearly 18 years ago.  I’ve enjoyed countless visits to my husband’s childhood home over the years, where his parents still reside, and during each visit I take time to admire my father-in-law’s “living canvas”.  His garden is a bit different each time I visit, and I always enjoy the arrangement, the colors, the scents, and the textures.

He moves some of his plants around, includes a variety of both ornamental and edible plants, and cultivates a playful feeling in his garden.  Chile plants and tomatoes help to nourish loved ones – beauties like roses, calla lilies and geraniums give our eyes something to feast on.  And while the contents of Marcelino’s garden are primarily plants accented with garden sculpture, you may also find a chandelier hanging from an avocado tree or see an old plastic toy lizard left over from my hubby’s childhood glowering menacingly at you from the crook of a tree.  Those whimsical touches are among my favorites.

The photos in this post were taken over Easter weekend.  I used a macro lens on my iPhone to capture these “up close and personal” images of some of the plants that my father-in-law nurtures and tends to.  I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Marcelino’s favorite way to make art…

tomato

Tomato plant

amaryllis

Amaryllis

cactus

Cactus

tendril

Passion Flower tendril

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Rosebud

orange_chile

Tiny orange chile

dandelion

Dandelion

seedling

Seedling

chile_flower

Chile flower

calla_leaf

Calla lily leaf

I hope you’re all having a great week thus far…

Warm regards,
Melody

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2 Comments

  1. Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Glorious photos Melody!

    • Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Jo,
      Thank you for commenting, and for your kind words. I had a wonderful time taking the photos, and am glad you enjoyed them!
      Melody

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