Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Today is Austin's 46th day of triple-digit heat this year, as well as our second year of extreme or exceptional drought. Our front yard garden is almost 100 percent drought-tolerant plants, with no lawn, and yet I still find myself watering more than I'd like to keep things looking pretty decent.
I don't care much now about keeping those things looking particularly good, just alive.
I think I may be experiencing SAD, not the traditional Seasonal Affective Disorder that affects many Seattle residents, but Summer Affective Disorder (not sure if it exists clinically)--too many days of extreme heat, bright sun, and precious little rain. I rarely utter the word "sun" anymore without a few accompanying expletives!
So, accepting that we now live in a desert climate, I've finally seen the light and am learning to love succulents! Although we have a few nice, big varieties in the ground that were suggested by a landscape architect friend, I'm really a total beginner in this department.
I'm cultivating my new interest in succulents and cacti in baby steps by trying some out in my recently painted pots:
aloes I freed from a crowded pot
a succulent relative of the kalanchoe?
tag read "Crassula 'chain' mix"
more aloes I freed from a crowded pot