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Garlic harvest

Crop diminished by the drought, blooms and heads smaller;

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flavor still excellent!!!!

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Prickly Postcard

Drought-driven…learning to embrace alternative beauty

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at Santa Barbara Stone

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Postcard from the garden wall

For the last several seasons I have not planted annuals, choosing instead to work to keep my established perennials alive and as healthy as possible in the midst of drought.  Now in this first week of spring, I am missing fresh blooms to bring into the house.

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Always struggling to keep the creeping ficus on the garden wall under control; cutting lovely new shoots nuanced with color from spring-green to rust…rather than relegating them to compost, why not first bring them inside…

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Adversity, at its best,  can introduce us to new ways of looking at and appreciating our individual worlds.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…..episode 21

and the drought goes on…….

even after rain one week ago, the days dawn bright and clear, temperatures too warm by mid-morning to work comfortably in the direct sun;

restricted to watering only twice a week, the lawn has stayed miraculously green.

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 Confusion rains reigns in the garden

Cecil Brunners

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Popcorn tree roses

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and this one whose name escapes me, believe it to be spring.

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Being November with daily temperatures nearing 90 degrees, the more tender light of fall consoles us;

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the hedge roses near the front porch soldier on seemingly unaffected, bathing us in beauty.

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our hearts are full of gratitude even as we long for rain.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 21

Saturday morning drizzle showcases the spider village…

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highlighting the architecture…

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…and teasing the drought-parched land.

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 20

Decorating with weeds…………and other garden gleanings.

While trees, lawn and shrubs limp along without adequate water, the weeds, of course continue to flourish in spite of the drought.IMG_8395

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When life gives you drought…..

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 18

A hush has come over the orchard….trees in a state of resignation.  Spring has come and nearly gone, taking with it the possibility of rain.

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The field,  yellow with mustard just several weeks ago,

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now brown.

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Preparing for yet another family wedding here in July…a lovely reason to spend quality time with my trees.

Some have bravely put out new leaves,

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and blossoms, in the naive belief that irrigation can replace rainfall.

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Dew provides the only natural moisture.

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Others have let go less hardy branches to conserve strength for healthier parts.

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As I snip off dead wood and dry leaves, we talk, the trees and I, of drawing from our inner strength, minimizing self-inflicted stress, focusing on the future…

…and we pray for rain.

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