There are still places along the interstate where there are no chain stores, strip malls, housing tracts, or traffic lights. All of it is endangered; this highway heads straight for San Fransisco to the west and Sacramento to the east. The pressure for development is slumbering now, but it will rise again. This morning I hit the road for a rural pocket to the east, shopping list in hand, destination Morningsun Herb Farm. The demonstration gardens are charming, not perfect-and thereby accessible, and heavy on the herbal side. This is where you learn that herbs are useful, and beautiful. Drama--Cardoons and Lavender. I might have to go back in a couple of weeks- I wonder if this was planned. Ooo-weee how I wish I had a spot for Phlomis. This is a planting in a re-purposed wheelbarrow. Robust ! Some views from gardens,nothing mundane.