So it looks like we’ll be in Vegas just about a week longer before heading back to California. This visit was bittersweet – while here, we got some bad news about my father’s health. After learning this, I flew to Florida to spend some time with my family. Shortly after I returned to Las Vegas, my husband’s father was hospitalized. So hubbie flew to visit his parents and help them get through some hurdles. After he returned home, I had a week long visit from my friend, Gwen, which was chock full of crafting, and a nice break from the issues we had been dealing with. But while she was here, Hubbie got dreadfully ill. And as soon as she left, I came down with the same awful bug. He and I are now muddling through the last of it, and by golly, before we leave, I AM going to get a few things done in the garden and we ARE going to enjoy ourselves, even if we are still hacking up nasty gobble-dee-gook!
This last week, I’ve gotten into the garden a few times. Rosa rugosas, flowering quinces, and autumn olives have been planted in the back and irrigated. They are tough, thorny varieties, and so perfect for a very sun exposed, elevated plot which the doggies can’t access. I’m hoping the area will grow into a bird sanctuary which also produces some edibles for us. In the front, I’ve added some easy succulents.
While weeding and mulching yesterday, I was also able to finally harvest some seed. The black scabiosa, “Black Knight,” and the white hollyhocks (can’t remember the variety :-/) have happily reseeded themselves the past few years. I’ve developed an admiration for how well they continue to do here under such extreme conditions. Since I’ve promised some seeds to a few fellow gardening friends, I thought I’d find a pretty way to send them off, and I’ve got a video tutorial sharing my ideas with you.
I can’t imagine a more personal, meaningful gift than seeds from plants which from year to year have sustained the wildlife in your garden oasis, satisfied your senses, and instantaneously brought you to a blissful place within. I hope you will consider gifting heirloom seeds for your friends. If you do it and I do it, I think we will be able to help preserve plant diversity, feed more bees, and just maybe make a positive difference!
Oh, and for those loved ones who don’t have very green thumbs, give them seeds like the ones I’ve shared with you today – seeds that just about grow themselves, asking only to be scattered on the ground.
Thanks for visiting with me today! I hope I’ve inspired you to gift some seeds from your beloved plants! You just may turn someone’s brown thumb green!