Camera Lucida: Garden Treasure

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Treasure arrived by the ton. Stone, river rock, sand, peat moss, red rocks of Sedona, black cloth matting,  and the  idea to reconfigure an potential erosion issue into a cacti garden. Neighbors stopped by to advise, praise, and assess the progress, and then began to gift us with even more treasure by carefully bringing over cuttings, off shoots, and babies of cacti from their own yards. The house had been a foreclosure, neglected, abused the eyesore of the community. We had brought the house back to life, to order and attractiveness. The landscaping was for us the fun part, and for our neighbors the gifting of the cacti a way of saying thank you.

Julia at My Red Page chose Garden Treasure as this week’s theme for her ever growing, hip but always welcoming and inclusive,  regular feature known internationally as Camera Lucida.  How about during this pause before the holidays take us, you stop on over for a visit with Julia, and share with us what your idea of Garden Treasure is.

This week’s theme: Garden Treasure

  1. a piece of ground adjoining a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables
  2. a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.

Today’s Music:  Bruce Springsteen at Leeds- Secret Garden



  1. What a beautiful, dry climate garden and how lovely that it brought your neighbors to your door. We in a forest in the subtropics with a very limited choice of indigenous plants that have to survive flood, drought and intense heat. It’s fun finding new plants that will survive. Congratulations!


  2. Wow these pictures are wonderful! I love the plants and the textures I guess I will call it! I really like the use of big rocks, little rocks, red rocks, the big cactus,tall, smaller! I love the variety! What a job you have done with this house and I am sure the neighbors are so happy to see wonderful people giving care and love to this house!

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    1. Thank you. We actually ended up selling this particular house years ago.

      The other day I hauled out those pictures and my notes on materials get me inspired to figure out what to do with our townhouse backyard, which is a blank spaced walled garden of fairly good size.

      When Julia came out with her theme for this week I embraced a serendipitous moment.


  3. I could not imagine growing cactus in my garden. They would most certainly drown over here! It is like another world, an amazing beautiful one, that is. So special that you have cutting from your neighbors. One of my favourite things to do– I adore looking in my garden and naming plants given by people I know. They come with personality I think, the gift of life!

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    1. Yes, I believe that also! I also have an inside Christmas Cactus that belonged to my Great Grandmother. It has moved everywhere with me over the years, has provided hundreds of cuttings to family and friends scattered everywhere, and has been a source of staying in touch many times when someone will call or drop a note saying ‘their Louisa cactus’ is blooming.


    1. I’m getting excited about what to do with our new townhouse back space. It is a walled garden, completely blank right now and I want to use everything I have learned through trial and many error about zeroscaping over the years to create a beautiful private space.

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