No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

‘ I turned to You and I said
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Just You and I and Nature
In the Garden.’
Van Morrison


The Verde Valley is considered high desert with an annual rainfall that normally averages eighteen inches annually. However we remain, along with  most of the state in  Drought. Some say seventeen years, long time residents say more.

What happens next  is all about the water in this high desert. I woke this morning to the sound of rain on the roof, the first since January. A peaceful weekend to one and all.

Today’s Music: Van Morrison “In The Garden”

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