May 18, 2008 | 9:20 AM PST
I hung out my clothes this morning in hopes it would cause some rain. It is real dry here in central florida. I know my county is about to take water restrictions from 2 days a week down to once a week. This is scary, since I have so many new plantings. It will be great when they are established. I chose plants that need little water. I ordered 2 lilac chaste tree.s I am a bit nervous about them. They will be going in the front garden to help with shading. The pics are just right, so I am hoping for a good match at the site I have chosen.I also ordered a cry baby tree. This looks very interesting. It has beautiful flowers. I am off to get in the hot tub to ease them old bones!!
I bought a Frangipani tree today for $4.00 from a very nice retire d gentleman that sells his cuttings in his front yard. He says it will be a snap. I am sure he is right!! The flowers are used to make leis. It looks like a huge branch with a few leaves on it. But I am hopeful and will no doubt check it every morning for some new growth. We need rain badly what with all my new plaings. 5% chance for tomorrow. My fingers and toes are crossed .
May 2, 2008 | 6:51 AM PST
My new lawn-less front yard is already reacting to the hot direct sun in the afternoon. Everything recovers after a good deep watering but I am forever trying to conserve water use. I know that some plantings will not make it, even after 3 months of research. I also know that once some get established it will get better. My veggie garden is really unhappy in the sun. I wish I knew how screening material over it would work. Any one ever do that?
Apr 19, 2008 | 8:19 AM PST
I have completed my new lawn free front yard but I must stop going out there to measure every morning! I don't want to make the same gardening mistakes in the past by putting too much in then...POOF... it is too crowded. In another year everything will be just right, that is IF Mother Nature is on my side!