Friday, November 9, 2007


250 words before breakfast, 100 words before I can check e-mails, 200 more words before I get a tea break, 75 really good words and I can play with my dog … my life is made up of titillating text and worrisome word counts these days.

When my mind drifts it’s because I am calculating something like ‘if cook a decent dinner tonight and I make enough for two nights will the time it saves me tomorrow be equal to the 300 words l will lose by actually cooking real food?’

Before I hurry back to TMP (The Mystery Project), I wanted to share the delights of
Southern California Gardens.
I'd kill to grow my own artichokes on the deck. And the last time my bougainvillea flowered was when I bought it to use in a photo shoot five years ago! My Mexican sage, however, looked as spunky this summer.
Since California has strict water conservation laws, cactus and other succulents are very popular.

I was fascinated by this garden fence. Turned out the long curved parts were metal rods and the vertical supports were real twigs. What will they think of next?

I love the contrast of the yellow flowers against the mural on the grocery store wall in the background.

With the leaves rapidly changing colors and falling to the ground here in northern Virginia, these semi-tropical beauties seem worlds away.
*** BLOG DU JOUR ***
Want to see more? Visit This Southern California gardener grows great flowers and organic veggies. Her readers' comments persuaded me to use Epsom salt when planting tomatoes and it really upped their production. So check out Early Snowdrop.


The Old Painted Cottage said...

Hi Barbara,

These gorgeous flowers and succulents are so inspiringly gorgeous..thanks for posting this!


Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for sharing all these lovely plants. They are so pretty. Thanks for the link.

Mary said...

Oh, what lovely pictures! So cheerful to see, especially with the leaves falling here in NJ.

PAT said...

Beautiful gardens photos, Barbara.

The leaves here in Missouri have been brilliant this fall. Surprising, because we've had a definite lack of moisture. They seem to be holding on well. My daughter's wedding is one week from today. T'would be nice to have colorful leaves on the trees for the big day.

Continued good luck with TMP!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Barbara! What beautiful plants. I would love to be able to grow artichokes too!

I see you are keeping busy with TMP.....can't wait to see it..

earlysnowdrop said...

Thanks for the referral to My California Garden! I appreciate your support.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Those flower pics are so gorgeous! Can't wait to see what your mystery project is! How long before we know? The suspense is killing me!

Cathy said...


Love those artichokes. I wish I could grow them in my backyard too! Lovely pics.