Do you like to travel?  

Where do you like to go?

For those of you who have read my blog for a while, you are familiar with my annual road trip that I take with my mother.

Each year, we visit a different region of the United States.  We fly to one city, rent a car and end up several states away 8 days later.

Flowering window boxes of Charleston, SC

Whether its strolling through historic Charleston, South Carolina…

Or visiting horse country in Lexington, Kentucky

Visiting Lincoln’s Tomb in Illinois

Sampling the fudge in Mackinac Island

Driving through the Vermont countryside…

Touring old plantations in Georgia…


Watching an old Amish farmer fertilize his field with manure…

I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful things that I get to experience.

This year, we are busy deciding where our next trip will take us.

Last year, we visited the Upper Midwest and I was able to tour some beautiful gardens, including the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Wisconsin.  

I enjoy taking photographs wherever we visit and this garden was filled with lots of beautiful areas, which you can view here.

Next time I will show you the possible routes that we have to choose from.

Baby Watch Update:

No baby yet.  The good news is that the amniotic fluid level isn’t low as they had previously thought and the baby is gaining weight.

However, they are still monitoring her closely and she has an apppointment this morning, so we will see what they say.

I have my suitcase packed and I’m ready to go at a moment’s notice.  I still have appointments scheduled and am busy designing landscape areas next to a golf course, but I can take most of my work with me, so that is good.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."