NOTE: I recently posted an all-points bulletin asking people to send me pictures of their favorite gardens — theirs or someone else’s. I get tired of my own voice, so am periodically featuring these garden or gardenish images (with descriptive narratives) as they are sent to me.
Most of my gardens are planted to survive with little extra water in our rocky, dry landscape. This year everything has flourished.
The lavender, thyme and buffalo grass along the front walk are encroaching on the stone steps in a most beguiling manner.
The moths and Monarchs love the flowers and make a beautiful contrast with them.
Each year I wonder if the santolinas will regrow.
I cut out the dead woody bits in the spring and they are blooming with vigor in their unwatered spot, as are the pine-leafed penstemon — my hardy, reliable plants in a shallow bed atop a stone wall.
The hummingbirds enjoy this abundance of flowers.