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Big Thanks!

June 22, 2015


The RR Open Garden event this weekend was a success! We had quite a group of visitors; some new, some expected and some we hadn’t seen in a good while. Because the day was very toasty at over 100°,  I rented a Mexican paleta (fruit-sicle) pushcart for the occasion. How better to offer our visitors “a cold one” upon arrival! My three vendor friends who worked the event did well and it was satisfying watching their wares move off to new homes. Thanks, Vickie, Stephen and Rob for all your efforts ensuring that the day went smoothly. You guys are awesome! Near the event’s end friends from Long Beach descended and we had a great dinner at the Mission Inn. It was a delicious end to a very busy — very warm — and very long day full of conversation with friends new and old. The photo above was taken at sundown; the event’s mascot, a dessicated but complete agave I love silhouetted against the darkening sky . . . this is the best time of day at the Rancho; I love it.


RR Readers may have noticed that posts are fewer of late. This is because I’ve been working on a new project, one that is taking up more of my time than expected. Because of this RR will be going dark for the foreseeable future. I do hope to be back at some point but in the meantime: Thanks everyone!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Guida permalink
    June 22, 2015 8:55 pm

    We were so sorry not to be able to come…I know we missed a wonderful time and sights…..will miss your inspiration…..hope you’ll be back one day…..good luck….

  2. Rob Roy permalink
    June 22, 2015 9:26 pm

    Just would like to say Thank You again. It was a wonderful day, WARM, but wonderful.

  3. June 22, 2015 9:47 pm

    There’s the photo I was trying to get! Wonderful to see RR again and meet some of your friends. Don’t stay away too long!

    • June 22, 2015 10:10 pm

      Thanks Denise … once everyone left I realized that I’d taken NOT. ONE. PHOTO!! So great to see you hereabouts. Thanks for the good wishes.

  4. June 22, 2015 11:35 pm

    It was a lovely event! A chance to see the backyard I’d only seen in pix! And your talented vendor friends are delightful! I will miss your blogs…so inspirational!

    • June 23, 2015 1:50 am

      Linda, I was very happy to meet you and find you enjoying our garden. And I’m glad you enjoyed the vendors as well. I’ll be back at some point and I invite you to go back into the Rancho’s earlier posts … they’re pretty good, if I do say so myself! 😉

  5. Donna Ross permalink
    June 22, 2015 11:52 pm

    We had a great time on Saturday – the garden was beautiful and we love the plants we bought. So glad you invited us to return and hope you do it again soon!!

    • June 23, 2015 1:51 am

      Thanks so much, Donna! I enjoyed seeing you and am very glad you found some souvenirs to take home! 😉

  6. June 23, 2015 1:10 pm

    It was a great turn out… I loved seeing you and Paul, who I haven’t seen in quite a while, and seeing Vickie’s creations (she’s amazing!) and talking with Rob Roy… he is an encyclopedia of knowledge… I think I’m going to have to become friends with him 🙂 I’ll miss your blog, but I know you’ll be back with even more inspiring things to share with us.

    • June 23, 2015 3:54 pm

      Thanks so much, WF! Wonderful to see you and Bill; Caleb too! I know you grow ’em tall so probably the next time I see him I’ll have to look up. I will be back, just not sure when … 😉

  7. June 23, 2015 2:40 pm

    great picture !!!

  8. June 23, 2015 2:55 pm

    So bummed I missed it. At least the heat wouldn’t have bothered me too much; we’re to used to it in the Sacramento Valley.

    I hope I’ll get a chance to meet you and see the RR later in the year!

  9. June 24, 2015 5:54 am

    Reuben, it was a great Open Garden! The Rancho is so special. Mmmm, paletas… All the best with your new project — I’ll look forward to future posts and enjoy your older ones in the meantime!

    • June 24, 2015 5:58 am

      Thanks, Luisa … was heading to bed and had to check comments. Loved finding you here, as well as HERE! on Saturday. Hope to see you again soon! 😉

  10. June 24, 2015 5:05 pm

    I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest blogging opportunity with Gardening Know How? If so, please e-mail me for further details. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

  11. Vickie Perez permalink
    June 26, 2015 5:10 am

    Well, I’m late with my Thank You’s cause my laptop went on the fritz!
    Thank you to all who came! Thanks for all the conversations. Thanks to those who purchased one of my planters. Please know that I enjoyed creating them. And I hope you will enjoy them growing into themselves. That’s my favorite part.
    Thank you to Rob! Looking forward to coming over and checking out your plantings.
    Paul and Reuben, a great big Thank You to you two!!! What a day you two enabled us all to have!! A special day with special people! THANK YOU!!!!!

  12. June 29, 2015 4:55 pm

    Reuben …so happy your event was a success even though the temp was hot. Hope to see you back soon.

    • June 29, 2015 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Val … OMG, as hot as it was that day it’s even hotter now! I gotta have a nap. 😉

  13. June 30, 2015 4:58 am

    Going dark? Oh dear, I hope you’ll be back soon! I like to get my Rancho Reubidoux fix when I can! Good luck with your secret project. 🙂

    • June 30, 2015 5:13 am

      Thanks, Pam, it’s readers like you that keep me going. I hate going dark but my energy reserves are extremely low these days. See you soon! 😉


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