Drought Tolerant Roses

There appears to be a deep-seated prejudice among drought tolerant plant advocates and it’s about time that this prejudice was exposed for all the world to see.  I am talking a prejudice against rose...

Capers from the Desert

If you enjoy perking up your roast, your fish, your pasta, or your salad with capers, you might find it of interest to know that you can grow capers to your heart’s delight in this part of the ...

Godetia of Celestial Origins

When you look at Godetia, do you see God? Actually, Godetia is named for a Swiss Botanist by the name of Charles Henry Godet, who lived 200 years ago.  But the plant that honors his name is clearly c...

Mimosa, Jacaranda, and Honeysuckle

Mimosa.  Mi-MOH-sa.  It’s a tree that looks like it sounds.  Tropical, exotic, with a distinctive parasol form.  Mimosa possesses fine, bipinnate foliage and wispy pink flowers.  Mimosa, with its sus...

A Luddite’s Paradise

                    Loren Zeldin doesn’t have a computer or a cell phone or even a camera. But he does have a garden, which is the focus of his...

Physical/Material vs. Spiritual Life

“Spiritual and physical are antithetical in their very essence. A superior quality in the physical is a deficiency in the spiritual. In material matters one who is “satisfied with his lot” is an indi...