My gardening philosophy is simply one word...nourishment. Everything in our garden must nourish us either in body (by being edible) or spirit (by its beauty). Also, I don't like to spend a lot of money achieving it. Follow along and see if I can help you turn your yard into an oasis. Located in Southern California USDA Zone 9b, Sunset Zone 18. All text and images copyright 2012, 2013, and 2014 - Darryl Musick, All Rights Reserved
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Monday, February 2, 2015
Hit Hard by the Drought but Not Quite a Knockout
Driest year on record. That was 2014. Already in January and February, we've had just about as much rain as we had all last year. Still, we're under mandatory 20% reduction and orders not to water our lawns more than twice a week.
Luckily, there are some plants in the garden that thrived even without all that water. The plumeria, at the top, bloomed better than ever. We even had strangers sneak up and pick the flowers.
Cherry tomatoes came alive in their hanging basket.
The chiles produced way more than we could ever eat and are still going strong.
Put them together and I've got a great salsa to use as a base for making chilequiles and eggs.
Orchids are a lot tougher than people give them credit for...
...and, of course, you can't really kill bougainvillea.
Mr. Lincoln proves that roses are also a great drought-tolerant plant, although the deer coming down from the dry mountains found the blooms irresistible.