A Walk Through the Garden: The Drought Addition

It’s hard gardening in a drought.

It’s equally hard writing a blog about it without sounding all gloom and doom. (I’m saving my gloom and doom posts for Halloween).

Since we’ve all had it up to here with the drought, the heat, the save-the-air alerts and the raging fires here in California, writing about it  seems as drab as my former lawn.


Bougainvillea love the dry heat. Lush lawns are a thing of the past.

Today, I’m shaking things up a bit with a garden video show and tell.

I created the video tour using my mobile phone with my family’s help. Mike followed me around the garden and took video, and my son, Mac edited the clips for the final production.

Instead of tidying up before the guests arrive, I present to you my unadulterated, much-loved, brown around the edges garden.

Without further ado, Gardening Nirvana: The Drought Addition

Garden Retrospective

When you’re a gardener, the start of the year feels more like the beginning of a countdown.  Sure, the calendar year starts anew, but the planting calendar is still a ways off.   It’s spring I’m pining for.

In case there was any doubt, two seed catalogs arrived in the mail this week; little teasers to get my heart pumping again.

I had fun putting together some of my favorite garden photos of 2013, set to a little rag time music by Terry Waldo  called Maple Leaf Rag.  It’s nearly impossible not to tap your foot to the beat.

Did you make any resolutions for the year?  I’ve never had any success with mine so I don’t bother anymore.  I *like* the idea of eating healthier, sleeping more, and remembering to floss.  It’s just that promising myself (or the universe) that I’m really going to do it *this year*  really doesn’t work.

Here’s what I will do in 2014: more gardening, more blogging, more reading and more laughing.

Do you make resolutions?  Do you keep them?