I am thoroughly enmeshed in planning the redesign of the formal garden area of the WCG. Often, I feel like I'm in over my head. I know what I like but there is so much to like ...how to figure out what will work is the dilemma. I have tried to engage the rest of the team in planning but for various reasons they are not available (leaving for summer, husband ill, caring for elderly parent, can't take on another thing, weekend away, all appropriate reasons.) BUT the responsibility is weighing heavily on me. I'm trying to figure out the scale, how to use the tools on the blueprint, consider budget, plant availability & more. I'm dreaming/nightmaring artistic trauma if there is such a thing. The most immediate portion is the succulent parterre since it is the first to be implemented. On Sunday Jim & I drove up to Corona del Mar to see the succulent area at Sherman Gardens. It was inspirational! It opened my eyes to doing things a little differently than I had first imagined. It also brought my anxiety to the forefront. Can I do this? Will succulents be accepted by those who see this area the old (boring) way. Will I be humiliated by my attempts? Who will be around to help? Ugh!