Thursday, 7 March 2013

Drought, lilies and wormwood.

This morning,  while watering the garden, I noticed a rather lonely Bella Donna Lily...
 ... this year there are few of them....  probably due to the very difficult year that the whole garden suffers from...  just so little rain for more than a year now,  and almost none since August.  I used to ahve quite a few of these lilies at this time of the year,  but without artificial watering,  I don't know how many will survive.

In the front yard,  the blood lilies are appearing, thick and fast.....
 ... soon the honey eaters will be in "boney eater heaven" in a manner of speaking.....

Looking across the  front yard towards the cactus plants and the goatyard,  the few blood lilies and the one or two shrubs only serve to make the bare, hot soil look more barren.  The fallen leaves are from the large Kurrajong trees which always lose their leaves in the hot dry weather....
This is what most of the yard is like during the summer....  hot dry and barren.

I usually show my well watered productive garden, but this area, unwatered, shows a very different view.  Gardening books tell of water tolerant plants including ones such as this....
Wormwood...   

This bush is big and old, and hides birds nests at times... it is large...  several metres across and high... but at this time of the year,  it has no leaves.  Without huge amounts of water (which I cannot afford) this sort of "drought tolerant" plant is merely able to survive droughts, looking dead and a waste of space.  Drought tolerant gardens are not necessarily all that they are made out to be.

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