...and so the drought continues... The wildlife and foliage have been seriously compromised. Lawns across the state are a wispy brittle brown...dead, actually. Gardens struggle to stay alive. No more showy blooms of summers' past. Even the drought 'tolerant' and native plants are struggling as we try to relearn how to water our gardens. They tend to get more water than they need because we go on auto-pilot ~ watering when the ground looks dry instead of actually looking at the plant or sticking our finger into the soil. Everything is struggling.
|Nasturtiums are supposed to love the heat and thrive in crappy |
soil with very little water. Well, the challenge is ON!
|This little plant was 'drought tolerant' and|
doing so well...I cut back the spent branches
(there were tiny leaves already forming at
the base)...apparently, the flowers on this
plant did not see the humor.
|This barrel should have a plethora of Marigolds and|
Lantana and 5' tall Russian Mammoth Sunflowers.
Rather pathetic results, I think.....
|Halloween-y Violas are happy in the old log out front.|
I absolutely adore this little plant!
|New Lantana seems to be acclimating nicely. I may just plug in|
several more and let them go!
|Mockingbird on power pole singing her sad song.|
Ravens and hawks frequent the trees above. Both have been know to snatch the little birds from the hidden nests in the tree tops. A young hawk has made several visits here lately. He (she?) swoops stealthy into the branches of our Italian Stone Pine tree looking for something to eat. The birds in the branches below and on the feeders are pretty savvy and somehow escape in one big cloud before the hawk can attack.
|Two black ravens watch our garden from above.|
|A mockingbird and hawk face off in the Deodor tree across the street.|
Occasionally (and, sadly) the hawk is successful. I will find a scattering of little feathers beneath the tree. There are several feral cats that have claimed this neighborhood ~ a fluffy tabby (we call him Pumpkin) and a light grey (Earl Grey). They, too, stalk the feeder area, hoping to grab a snack.
|Our Security Squirrel Squad is always watching from wherever they are hanging out!|
There is some good news, though. With the relentless heat, the bees have discovered our little fountain in the front yard. How lucky for our garden! (If you look closely, you can see the bees on and around the stones). We fill the fountain daily for all of the wildlife to enjoy. While the plant life is shifting, the watering hole is a constant for the birds and the bees...and other creatures that might be thirsty! The tall pine tree towers over what is left of the garden, offering shade and a safe haven for all.
|Drought tolerant plant. Not a native. And, I've just learned,|
drought tolerant and native don't necessarily mean the same thing!
|'Hawaiian Blue Eyes' seem to thrive nicely...so far...|
|This is a rock-something flowering plant...and will do well with |
very little water once established. We bought six!
|These are Juliet Grape Tomatoes.|
I think we chose the wrong soil this year...while they are
slowly growing, by now we should have a
boat load of tomatoes!!!
|This is where Mousekin lives...though, I think he's on vacation.|
I haven't seen him in a while.
|This is our resident garden rabbit.|
He is patiently waiting for the garden to break out
in colorful blooms and foliage.
Patiently being the operative word......