Until I started training last year, I was actually a pretty good gardener. Since then, a few things have gone by the wayside. So it is that I am waiting expectantly for a nearly full size lilac tree that is to be installed for Mother's Day. Trees are eye candy for walkers, so I will be sure to post a photo of my new tree. Above, a photo shot as part of the book I wrote about renovating the house and the gardens in 2006. In the photo, Rene Benvides is planting out a section of garden that was gutted to make room for an extension on Leroy's study. A side benefit for Leroy is that Rene planted scented bushes underneath the new windows.