This summer’s been a HOT one with many days over 100 degrees, almost no rain, and city-wide watering restrictions. I’m still holding onto hope that the heirloom seeds and plants that we’ve planted over the past two years will somehow survive and thrive. Are those root systems strong enough to hold on during these hot thirsty days? We’ll see! My dream is to have a fenced cottage garden in the back corner, with heirloom perennials set off by annuals for color. We’re well underway with the hardscaping and I’ve planned and plotted. Now we wait. I can see in my mind’s eye the roses climbing the arbor at the entrance, with columbines of every color in one corner, bleeding hearts, foxgloves, coneflowers… I can see them! Can you?