Green & Purple~ Succulent Gardens, songs, & jewelry

Inspiration from succulents and gardens inspires succulent jewelry. Hidden, but everywhere you look- the message of endurance in the face of all odds makes the desert an ocean full of inspiration. And of course, there is nothing more inspiring than a desert in full bloom.

One of the first things I did after coming home from our North coast CA tour was plant small succulents and cactus in little pots.  Amy inspired me.  😉  She has tiny pots of single cactus and succulents in window ledges inside, and sweet succulents artfully placed amid flowers & herbs all through her North coast CA garden.

Since I haven’t been home enough this summer to plant my own garden- others work makes me swoon and melt.  We really enjoyed just talking & hanging out with Bob & Amy in their sweet garden backyard, soaking up the Zen-ness of it all.  I so admire the hard work others do to create beauty in this world…

So once home, I planted a pot of small cacti, and placed them outside in the afternoon sun.  The next day- they were scorched!  Apparently not the hardy species evolved of the great American southwestern desert… I was informed by the nursery man that hothouse cacti must be slowly acclimated to sun.  Wow, how odd.  This never occurred to me.

I named a previous band “The Succulents” precisely because of the rich strength & vitality that pervades the desert- especially the rock solid flora & fauna of the American southwest.  Hidden, but everywhere you look- the message of endurance in the face of all odds makes the desert an ocean of inspiration.  And of course, there is nothing more inspiring than a desert in full bloom.  Besides seeing the redwood forests of Northern CA, and the Autumns of the East Coast forests, everyone should visit the desert during its springtime bloom.  As a child growing up in Arizona, I had to take the required preschoolers desert survival classes.  They told us that there was really little to fear in the desert; that if it was really so inhospitable there would be no life at all there.  And then there was the practical stuff; keep your clothes on;  build a lean-to, and fashion tools to search out certain cactus for water.

Here are lyrics from “She’s so Succulent”

Smooth on the outside/ fleshy on the in

Oh you want to touch/ but the spines lay hidden.

Never thought you’d find her/ alone in this place

(With a few havalina and some tumbleweeds

And the lizards that roam the desert seas.)

chorus-

In her element (She’ll weather all)

She’s so succulent (saguaro stand tall)

Little bit o’ truculent (but you’ll never mind)

Just listen, watch, wait.

——————–

And here is a necklace & bracelet inspired from those hearty, secretly fleshy, gems of the wild-at-heart desert world!  Made of green quartz nuggets, amethyst, flourite, jade, & sterling findings and chain.

Author: tara linda

Musician, performer, poet, jewelry maker

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