To live in Southern California is a gardener's dream. Outside of a couple summer months of hot weather, you can garden and have flowers all year here. Gardening has become my therapy, not work, but something I do just for me. When I am outside with my kids, I can putter around and enjoy just hanging out with them and sprucing up my yard. Eight years ago, both of my parents died within three months of each other, and if it wasn't for gardening, I would have never survived the journey with my head intact. In fact, we held my father's memorial in my back yard, on the very brick patio he laid just months prior to his passing. He was a very skilled mason. My yard was filled with flowers and was a perfect setting. Many people told us that it was one of the nicest memorials, if they can be nice, that they had attended. Most tolerable maybe. Kidding aside, it was a loving tribute to my dad. Anyway, now that we are all depressed, I'll share some pics of my yard that I took last weekend. Not a lot in bloom these days as I have a two year old that takes up loads of time so I don't get to garden as intensively right now.