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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 26

How quickly the eye adapts; adjusting to the new normal of a drought-ravished landscape; forgetting the wonders of spring!  Although the promised abundance of rain has not materialized, enough has fallen to make a significant difference…

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bright spring green of new foliage and new fruit…

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new growth where there had appeared to be only dead wood…

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amazing bronze of avocado leaves

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and budding apricots

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and hedge roses…

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boysenberry vines re-emerging…

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even small patches of grass becoming a lawn once again!

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Are you also enjoying the gift of green???

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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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Celebrating spring

Bringing a bit of spring inside…and playing with colored pencils…

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anemone

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pelargonium

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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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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 17

CONFLICTED!

Spring has come to the garden, bringing luscious colors and bright green foliage….

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…in the midst of drought!!!

Lake Cachuma, just over the Santa Ynez mountains, serves as a reservoir for our area.  Seeing the lake over the weekend – a stark reminder of the severity of the situation:  under 40% capacity, more than 50 feet below spill level.  With another family wedding here in July, the conflict:  to water, or not to water………???

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Wintry spring color

As spring color invades my world here in Santa Barbara, one last look at Martha’s Vineyard.

A monochromatic palette has a beauty all its own.

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I believe the eye hungers for and seeks color – even in the midst of monochrome.

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Happy spring everyone……….especially to those who have waited so long!

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The flora of winter in spring

Even as spring is held at bay on Martha’s Vineyard, the flora of winter shares its beauty and subdued color

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the fence posts blossom

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tree trunks shed bark to reveal color

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the landscape and the locals all longing for spring………..

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