The Week in Bloom


carved cupboard in the kitchen at Fort Ross

Our friend Allison Smith came up for the weekend and we journeyed up the coast to see Fort Ross as research for a potential site-specific commission on our land this summer.  Allison is one of my favorite artists; we met when she helped with the construction of the Lightning House at Mildred’s Lane, and she recently accepted a professorship at California College of the Arts. We toured the 1810 Russian settlement, watched migrating whales spout from a bluff overlooking the Pacific, picnicked on tuna and ginger ale, and noticed these new blooms as we walked and talked along the bluff:


Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans), outside of the Call House


(Echium candicans), up close


Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)