Another order from the governor to conserve water – well, where you been Jerry? We’ve been cutting back on our water usage here since 1991. I’ve been killing lawn for a couple of years now, rocking flower beds, planting cactus instead of flowers, and just trying to hold on to my big trees.
Frankly, it’s bad to get in a rut, get too comfortable doing the same things all the time. I enjoy gardening, and using less water has made me use my imagination.
I found out, a lot of the plants I already had are very happy in Northern California, made to grow with less water. They are thriving in this weather.
For years I toted one little echinacea in a pot, every time I’d try to set it in the ground the gophers would come after it. I finally decided to stick with pots, got a much bigger one, and wow, look out, echinacea explosion! The flowers on this pot got so tall last year I had to stake them with bamboo. This year I moved it to a spot next to the patio where it gets less intense sun – and you guessed it – I only have to water it a couple of times a week instead of having it on the drip system.
I’ve put out pots in various locations around the yard, see who does well.
My nopals have loved this weather, they are growing nodules all over.