This year, there won’t be a vegetable garden at my home. I won’t be planting any flowers or shrubs because the extreme California drought is still here.
The name of the game is saving water. Like many of my friends who garden, I have agreed to limit the number of plants around my home. Mister Jack planted a tomato plant. I have a garden box of onions and garlic. That’s it!
Sure, I’m very disappointed, but there is nothing I can do. I can only admire what I have, and they’d better be bulletproof.
I miss digging, weeding and planting, but I’m beyond throwing tantrums and pouting. You can plant in pots, but when the valley heat hits as high as 115 degrees in the summer, you are stuck watering potted plants each day. That’s how fast the soil evaporates. If you want your freedom, it is best to plant directly into the ground.
Spring is the best time for colorful growth, so I don’t want to miss a thing. In the morning and in the evening, I stand in my front or backyard and take in the view. The drought is just a test to see which plants can survive on weekly watering. I was ready to lose a few roses, but they are still blooming. After all, I see them as weeds with thorns. They grow and somehow survive where they are planted.
While waiting for this drought to end, I’m planning a front yard with more drought-tolerant plants. At the same time, I also want plants that will attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects. We have turned our front yard into a bird sanctuary by constantly keeping clean water in the birdbath. And stocking our bird and hummingbird feeders. Watching the birds has become our entertainment. This practice will continue long after the drought is over.
For me, there will always be room for another rose.