Are you in the neighborhood? If you're planning to visit, I generally describe my home in reference to the blue wall surrounding the front patio. Drop by today and you'll see the 'Happy Wanderer' or lilac vine scrambling over the corner of the wall by the driveway. The plant was well-established when I moved into the house a decade ago:
And since I've been 'in charge,' it is rarely given a drink during the Bay Area's 6-month dry period. While the garden I created outside the french doors at the rear of the house is hand-watered, the plants in front must be able to withstand benign neglect!
When this early bloomer is making a spectacle of itself,
I'm reminded why I pulled up roots and moved West.
The long months of ice and snow were taking their toll in more ways than one.
Today, I'm grateful for the rain,
and for the exuberance of this drought-tolerant, carefree evergreen climber:
An Australian native that tolerates temperatures as
low as 15 to 20 degrees fahrenheit, especially with a bit of protection (like a wall).
I'll soon be launching a new web site:
Alice's Garden Travel Buzz
Very excited about this project, however daunting it is to undertake!