|Very sparse foliage on this tree with distinct veins tinged purple - any ideas what it is Chad?|
(Update - Ficus religiosa or petiolaris - my readers can't agree!)
|Not sure whether this is its normal branch structure or the result of barbaric pruning!|
Horticulturally, its a little barren. The book writing dried up two years ago which was sad - a downturn in the market they say but who knows why, with gardening as an all time popular pastime! I have several potential books at various stages but no publishers fighting over me - pity! Little progress in the yard here, basically because I have a shoulder injury that is slow to heal, so garden activities are on hold. Very frustrating as I'd love to get on with landscaping and planting our blank back yard. There is some colour as our potted bougainvilleas are flowering beautifully. Last year they were a mass of foliage but little flower. This year, they are less lush but a nice smattering of flowers - maybe neglect has paid off!
|Love the bright colours of bougainvillea|
|So much space and potential when I can get on with it - so frustrating!|
Regular readers will know that for the last six years I have split my time between six months here in California with my partner Philip and six months back in exile in the UK. Now with a change in the law, the future here is looking quite promising. A couple of weeks ago we submitted all the documentation for a change in in Immigration status and Green Card for me and just today we have received the confirmation that this is being processed. It will be wonderful not to have to leave at the end of six months, although I guess I'll still want to return to the UK for some time in the summer - judge the shows, visit some gardens and enjoy the long summer evenings, which we don't have here.
|Just love the thrill of the flower shows, being involved and seeing the stands being completed before judging!|
I hasten to add that I haven't however become a total couch potato. Whilst my shoulder injury is preventing me doing much at the gym, I'm still running regularly with a current target of the 'mayor's ten miler' in January. Much of my recent time has been spent on my painting and this last week has been particularly busy. Lots achieved and an exciting development - more about that in the next blog which hopefully you will read! Must keep you guys coming back to keep the statistics up!