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Wordless Wednesday: Gardening in a drought-prone state

Red bush in a California garden in springtime.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Amazingly, this is someone’s front yard. I find a couple of things fascinating about it.

First, I love that they just skipped the ground cover completely. We live in a drought-prone state and my neighbors are embracing the glory of bare dirt.

Second, every time I look at this photograph, my brain tells me there’s a river swooping along the side of that tree with the orange and yellow leaves. But really it’s more dirt. I suppose I’m being faked out visually by the smooth path of river stones in front of it.

The garden scene shows several short bushes with bright red leaves, a faux riverbed made of smooth grey river stones, and of course trees with curvy branches and lots of character. All planted in dirt. Not a speck of grass anywhere.
(Photo: Shala Howell)

I want to meet these people and applaud them for hacking my brain.

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4 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday: Gardening in a drought-prone state”

  1. Fred Rayworth

    Doesn’t even hold a candle to Las Vegas, Nevada. You have to choose your battles and pick stuff that’ll actually grow in your location. The nurseries like to sell you stuff that won’t grow there, though they say it will. Yeah, sure. Just look around your neighborhood, NOT the local botanical garden. You probably don’t have either the time or skill to make it work like those folks do.

    Once you got your mojo going, you should do just fine.


    • Shala Howell

      My goodness, you must have some serious gardeners in Las Vegas! We’re renting, which means I’m not allowed to touch the landscaping and must confine myself to growing things that fit in containers. We’ve got a few pots of herbs, but I really miss having azaleas and rose bushes around.


  2. Fred Rayworth

    I try new stuff every year just for a hoot. Last year I tried a Jacaranda because I see them around Disneyland. Well, guess what? We had a hard freeze and that almost killed it. I decided to be patient and some suckers came back near the base. However, the big straight six foot rest of it is dead. Oh well, I’ll see what I can salvage from the suckers at the base and maybe I can still get a tree out of it someday. I just need to protect it this winter.



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