Captivating water-efficient landscapes

This site features plants that do well in Mediterranean climates, naturally tolerating dry summers and winter rains.

Low Water Options

Succulents and cacti are great water-wise choices. Espaliered fruit trees work well in space constrained gardens. Winter rains provide most of the water needed for colorful spring bulbs.

Not so Arid this Week

Mushrooms under mulberry tree

We’re back to abundant sunshine today after a week of storms and wind. It’s the first time I’ve seen these clumps of brown mushrooms sprouting under a neighbor’s pollarded mulberry tree. More storms are anticipated after the break this weekend. Good news given the area’s ongoing drought conditions. –Leslie

Desert Beauty at the Springs Preserve

Desert plants at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

We just returned from a great trip to Las Vegas. We are not “strip people” though we did love the show “Le Reve” at the Wynn. For us, the highlights of the trip were the Red Rocks area, a quick visit to the Hoover Dam (and the nearby bypass bridge) and spending an afternoon at Continue Reading »

Al Fresco in Santa Cruz

Laili Restaurant patio

I’m always on the lookout for nice restaurants with outdoor dining areas. Laili in Santa Cruz is a new find. Laili is located in the historic downtown area of Santa Cruz. The menu is described a featuring Silk Road dishes. My husband and I enjoyed kabobs served with an arugula salad, rice and three chutneys. Continue Reading »