We return to Santa Barbara and enjoy an up-close look at this succulent display...
Instead of a tile mosaic, or painting, tucked into the niche above a water basin these homeowners display a bit of succulent artwork.
It's precisely these kinds of discoveries—touches unique to garden and it's location—that make garden touring so rewarding.
On the eve of two large multi-garden tours I will be taking part in this month, I'm anticipating all sorts of wonderful surprises, new plant crushes, and ideas I will need to try out in my own garden.
I'm also reminded of a conversation I recently had with a neighbor. I'd warned him a group of 50 or so people were set to descend upon my garden the next day. He was a little confused.
Q. Why are they coming?
A. To look at my garden.
Q. Do you have some sort of rare plants?
A. I suppose a few unusual ones.
Q. What will will they do?
A. Look at my garden, ask questions, write down plant names, take photos.
His expression told me I hadn't done an adequate job of explaining. Some people watch sports, some people play video games, some people collect stamps. Other people tour gardens. Life is good.
Weather Diary, June 12: Hi 98 (a new record for the day), Low 68/ Precip 0
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