Every season - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter - has its own special joys and challenges. My favourite has long been Spring because my much-loved BC native plants are in their glory then. Autumn has always been a source of beauty and a reminder that time has come for a rest. Winter, in its limited way, also has a certain loveliness to share. I think we can all agree that this year particularly, Summer is proving a challenge. And a disappointment. How many gardeners who once called Summer their favourite season are having second thoughts this year? How can we justify using the amount of water necessary to keep many trees, shrubs and perennials alive? How can we protect them from unrelenting heat? For those who enjoy Spring, Autumn and Winter seasons, it is easier when water is more plentiful to grow beautiful and exciting plants. How do those who love Summer maintain lovely gardens while dealing with severe water restrictions and desiccating heat?