Well, after fighting with the fried junction box for our power supply, and the blown-out water main that created a nice little artesian effect in the pasture, I got a nice surprise in the mail. Both the book 'Gardening With Difficult Soils' and my order of seeds for xeric plants from Plants of the Southwest arrived in the mail. Hooray! Now I can look forward (I hope) to having Desert 4 O'Clocks, Hummingbird Trumpet, Wine Cups, and some of the tougher penstemons, along with the yellow Missouri primrose.
Sure, it will be next year before I can do anything with most of them, but it's still exciting to think about. Now I need to revamp the garden and decide where I'll put them. Shoot. I might even need to get out the drafting paper, instead of popping them in the ground willy-nilly. I'm fixin' to get serious about this!