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.

Garden Visit – Sunnylands

Sunnylands Gardens

We enjoyed a short trip to the Palm Springs area last week. We didn’t get as much January sunshine as we were hoping for but we still had a great time. While we were there, we visited the Sunnylands Gardens. The gardens weren’t open when we were last in Palm Springs so it was great Continue Reading »



Crudités and dill dip are my go to appetizers at holiday time. With a big dinner planned, it’s great to keep the starters light. Tomorrow, Romanesco, the perfect fractal food, will make it’s first appearance. My husband, Mark, thinks of Romanesco as Broccoli on LSD. I think it looks like some varieties of coral. It Continue Reading »

Shoreline Park Snowy Egret

Snowy egret at Shoreline Park Lake

This snowy egret was among the many birds we enjoyed seeing as we walked along the lake and baylands of Shoreline Park. The snowy egrets were flying low across the lake and stalking small prey in its shallow waters. At the edge of the bay, small water birds slurped at the mud. It’s easy to Continue Reading »