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…
Passion Flower tendril
Tiny orange chile
Calla lily leaf
I hope you’re all having a great week thus far…