By: Kim Charles

Taken during a hard spring drizzle.

Liz Cruz Cordova has used the healing power of her garden to assist with moving beyond a serious health obstacle.

"Hi there, from sun drenched California! The last winter rains gave my garden more vibrant life! It gave me more hope, too. Passion, perseverance and resilience overturned a severe drug reaction that left severe ocular complications preventing, me from visually functioning in the busy Independent life I used to know. While it's still very visually challenging to do anything, let alone garden, I've found ways to beat the sun & wild summer temperatures even soft breezes, and be out there to still enjoy each beautiful moment.

Life may throw me lemons but I still make Meyer lemon curds!  And share them with friends and neighbors."

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Mixed succulent planter grown from cuttings from mother plants that I've gifted to dear friends..

Sky blue dwarf Buddleia often visited by honeybees & hummingbirds.  


On days when the wind is still, I sit here and enjoy the demure fragrance of Michelia Alba Champaca that I rescued & replanted after wild winds toppled it down.

Pink Brugmansia - Angel's trumpet, in the secret garden entrance, a gift from my Dad before he left this earth. He raised this from a tiny seed & gave it to me with just a couple of tiny leaves in a gallon plastic pot. He'd be so amazed how much it grew in two seasons!

Goldflame honeysuckle, a gift from a dear friend survived the wild desicating winds.

Vibrant oriental lilies twirling around the bluebird nest box now. I enjoy those blooms from my kitchen window.

The nectarine colored swirls of Kauka Wilder' plumeria blooms welcome the heat.

I just love English roses, and their unparalleled elegance.

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