Native Gardens & Water

by Lorraine on July 10, 2009

It seems to me that, that’s all I ‘ve been talking about the last several posts.   Water shortages and having a native garden.   Now, just because you may be thinking about making the switch over to less thirsty plants, doesn’t mean that they never require water, because they do.

Especially in the first few years.   Until a garden becomes established, watering it will be required but just not very often.   If you notice that maybe some of the plants are having a bit of a struggle, throw a bucket of water around it (not on it), making the roots stretch out for the moisture.

It’s 90 degrees today and I noticed that some of my plants were looking like they needed an extra drink, so    I loaded up two 5 gal. containers and just pored the water around the ones that were looking a little bit thirsty.  I trudged back and forth quite a few times carrying the water to individual plants and then went into my backyard.

It looks terrible and I need to have Rigo do a cleanup for me but he hasn’t shown up yet.   Anyway, I planted three Salvias in one small section of the yard almost a year ago.   I’m not calling this a “garden”, as it wouldn’t qualify for one, let alone be featured in a gardening magazine.  

However, the gophers have delighted in their unhindered meanderings about it and have completed several impressive gopher constructions.   But I’m digressing here.  

The Salvias are Allen Chickering and they can become quite large.   Originally I thought of planting them in a smaller area between my driveway and that of my neighbor’s when I realized they would get too large.   Thus the ended up out in back.

I poured some water around them too and then some into an upside down lid for the local wildlife.   No, I’m not thinking of  the gophers.   Birds, possums (Aren’t they cute?) and the raccoons….those bums!

I noticed the other day that the Zauschneria/Everett’s Choice is starting to get ready to bloom.   They were amazing last year and I couldn’t take enough pictures of the bright orangey-red tubular flowers.   Especially with the silvery gray leaves on the plant, they looked stunning.   The show was brilliant and the Hummingbirds were very happy, zipping in and out and showing a great deal of attitude!

I’m expecting to see the hoard return and the battle resume over who’s turf my garden belongs to and I know it isn’t me!

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