Flowers in a drought

Despite the blessedly beautiful storm clouds covering my neighborhood right now, California is in a terribly, ugly, awful, persistent drought. Thinking about the lack of water and related consequences gives me heartburn at night, and we’ve made extra efforts to be water conscious around Redden manor. Short showers. Saving grey water. Letting the lawn die.

What I won’t give up? Flowers, tomatoes, and trees.

Check out “How to keep your garden alive during a drought” 

Flowers because as Luther Burbank said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Landscaping, even the drought-tolerant type, not only makes the world more beautiful but helps keep wildfires at bay and temperatures lower.

Tomatoes because they are my JOY. (Learn from my tomato gardening mistakes here.)

Trees because droughts, even ugly ones like this, will end. And while grass, flowers, and shrubs can be easily replaced, trees take time. So it’s best to keep them healthy than try to replant later. Check out this “Help your trees survive the drought” infographic for tips to get your trees through the summer:


NaBloPoMo May 2015
May 1– To selfie or not to selfie
May 2- Helping things grow
May 3- All the feels
May 4- When your imagination wears you out
May 5- ‘How Porcupines Make Love’: Because, why not?
May 6- A man who makes me laugh
May 7- That elusive quality of nature
May 8- Sky Ops Surprise: That one time I was an under-cover agent
May 9- Family, love and light
May 10- A Mother’s Day trio
May 11- Spring in full burst
May 12- Fixing my tomato mistakes

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