Posted 6/30/2015 5:21 AM (GMT -7)
Hello again Leila. So sorry you are experiencing drought. Here's a thought...since roses like dishwater and laundry water especially, is there any way you can 'recapture' some of that water for the roses? If you fill the sink to wash dishes, you can bail out some of that water and supplement the roses. As for the cactus, it might not be dying, but rather using up stored water. Once it gets some water it may bounce back. 'Wilting' cactus can look really bad but, that is nature. I 'recapture' water from the sink, the stuff that runs while I'm waiting for the hot water to make it to the kitchen. You can also save water from cooking rice, pasta or vegetables (except potatoes) and use that too once it cools. As you can tell, we've had our share of droughts here. I have even planted veggies in the flower beds, they don't restrict water use for veggies here so the flowers get some too.
As for the 'marble' strawberries, here, we call them rabbit strawberries. They grow wild and are pretty much only good for rabbits, groundhogs and birds to eat. So, if you like the look, keep them for decorative purposes and for the birds. They aren't harmful to humans, just not palatable to us.
Sorry those patches made you nauseous. Perhaps something could be added so that you don't have that side effect. Especially if they helped with your pain!
More changes coming to my garden. I'm removing a scarlet trumpet vine, giving it to a neighbor with a wooden arbor (they 'sucker' to wood and I have none) and also removing a clump of hostas. In their place I will be planting a spring blooming rose bush (didn't know there was such a thing!) and a 'Blue Mist' Rose of Sharon. The eye reads blue and purple and the brain sends the 'cool' message back. Red and yellow signal 'warm', so by planting blue and purple plants, my garden 'feels' cooler. It really works! I also found our local garden center is carrying Mallow plants this year. Another native plant that will require little additional watering!
The mimosa tree is in full bloom. Very tropical with it's fern like leaves and covered with 'cotton candy' that smells like pink lemonade! Heavenly! Late afternoon I can be found lounging on the chaise under the shade from that tree!
Off to do more laundry and get it hung on the line..............
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