Wish it were candy I was referring to, but it is not. Parts of my garden are brown & crunchy.


Variegated Weigelia (Weigelia florida ‘variegata’) in April…

Weigelia today.

Truth be told, I have neglected this part of the garden. There is just so much water one can pump out of a well during a period of drought. I do not remember the last time we had any rain, nor can I remember the last time the temps were lower than 90 F. Choices had to be made. 

This part of the garden has been in a bit of decline and it was never ‘designed’ to my satisfaction. Another winter project on the To Do list.

The native plants are so much more tolerant of drought. Below, a photo of both the Native Oakleaf  Hydrangea ( Hydrangea quercifolia) and the French mophead (Hydrangea macrophylla).


Both were watered last week. 

 I would like to introduce you to my new, constant companion! (below)


This is the best type of sprinkler for many parts of my garden, lots of water over a large area.

Moving on…


the basil is doing well

                                                                     and I am making Pesto, which will be frozen for the winter. I love to open a jar of sunshine in the middle of January and eat in front of the fireplace.

The recipe I follow (very loosely) is from Craig Claiborne’s New York Times Cookbook .

2 cups basil leaves (no stems)

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Pine Nuts

5-6  Garlic cloves (or to taste)

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated

Combine in the Food Processor till creamy (the consistency of baby food)

Add salt  to taste and serve over pasta. (or freeze)

If it seems too thick, add a tablespoon or so of the water that the pasta boiled in to thin.

Should you want to be really authentic you can combine all the ingredients with a mortar and pestle. Hence the name Pesto



11 thoughts on “BROWN & CRUNCHY

  1. that is a cool looking companion you have. is it one of those sprinklers that stake into the ground? i really, really need one of those. parts of my garden didn’t get watered much this summer either. there is only so much of me and water to go around. the basil looks fantastic.


  2. Bring on the oakleafs! I have almost had it with french hydrangeas (almost, which means I’ll keep a few).

    I have many ferns and hostas that look just like your weigelia, sorry to say. That companion looks like something you could put your arm around on that bench and all. I have put mine through a workout this summer.

    70% chance of rain on Sunday and some temps next week that may actually be below normal. I can’t wait.

  3. Dear Sandra, I am saddened by your pictures of dessicated shrubs. It seems to me that you are being remarkably philosophical about it all, but it is rather distressing to see plants wither before one’s eyes for lack of water. Your weather has been severe and I do so hope that autumn will bring more gentle conditions.

    That said, I must confess that I am not a fan of Weigela. I always think that it looks slightly ill and I have never owned one where the flowers added up to anything much. I look forward to hearing of your new plans in that area of your garden!

    • Dear Edith,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving an insightful comment. I agree with you on the Weigelia. The flowers are nothing much, but I did like the variegated foliage. Unfortunately that area had too many ‘impulse’ plants that were already past their prime, so when choices had to be made on watering…

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have discovered that some of the things I feared dead are only dormant…since we (finally) got rain Saturday i’ve noticed some green leaves emerging. Good luck. You just can’t water it all with a well for sure.

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