Orchid Flower Tree

This is a tree that I visit every spring:  the orchid flower tree, or orchid tree, or something like that.  It is covered with these ridiculously luscious flowers, and seems as if it is from another world altogether.

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Vista

A hilltop view, complete with bench.  Here, you can sit to watch the sunset off to the west . . .

Salvia

Salvia is the Latin name for sage.  There are so many kinds!  Russian, Mexican, hummingbird, white, purple . . . the California climate where I live is perfect for so many.  If I could, I would fill my garden with them – the pungent aroma, the colors, the variety are endlessly fascinating.  Additionally, they are easy to grow and don’t need much water.