I would really love to visit this place someday.
Gardening is difficult, in the best of times. I was very inspired by this post from You Grow Girl about how she's not a perfect gardener, either, and no one is. Truth is, I forget to water, forget to trim, and am terrible at weeding. I don't even feed the compost properly. Nevertheless, I keep trying, and I'm amazed when the plants actually show up and flower.
These are some great new container gardening kits. I've always had issues with starting stuff from seed, but these make it look easy as pie.
This is an interesting idea. You could recycle books as planters, combining two of my favorite things. It has a certain elegance, especially if you're using really old books.
I checked the loquat tree this morning, and half the tree is getting ripe, the other half is still green, and about 5 percent are getting picked off by the birds.