“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” Unknown
~ We had hoped to hold a tour of Oakmont gardens this year but we haven’t been able to garner much enthusiasm for one. COVID has stymied us all! Late May and early June is the period of optimum beauty in our gardens; to meet that timeframe, organizing a tour should already be in the works. We hope to generate interest when we can next present it to the members in a general meeting. That said, an Oakmont garden tour is postponed to 2022.
~ At the suggestion of a fellow Garden Club member, we will be looking at a possible plant exchange in early Spring next year. Should we be able to have a general meeting before that, we will put it out to the membership for comment. Members – Keep the suggestions coming!
~ Reminder: Unless we have an important announcement to make, the Garden Club is on hiatus for the summer (June – August).
We last wrote of things we can do in anticipation of possible drought restrictions to come. At this writing, the State has not yet invoked specific conservation mandates but we better get ready – it’s pretty much gone from a possible to a given. Our own Press Democrat ran an article on water-saving in the April 24th edition; with it was a great list of simple tips to save water at home. We can expect a number of such articles in California publications in the months ahead. Those of use who lived in California during the last drought will have no trouble falling back into to the ‘conservation mode’ – the rest of us will learn quickly. We may well be looking at brown lawns until the rains come again (assuming they will – fingers crossed). Here’s a few suggestions for ensuring that our most precious plants and trees survive a drought:
• Consider shutting off the irrigation to your mature landscape plants and switch to an occasional deep water for this year. Your plants should tell you when they are in need of water.
• If possible, install a holding tank somewhere in the yard. Keep it covered when no rain is forecasted to discourage mosquitos from hatching.
• If you are one of the homeowners who have begun to remove the junipers, we salute you! If you already have a plan/design for a replacement landscape, you may want to consider holding off planting most of your plants until fall when you can take advantage of the winter rains. Newly planted trees, shrubs and plants all need to be hydrated to establish.
• Mulch! It will help hold in the moisture and keep the evaporation to a minimum. Rock and gravel are excellent mulches.
• Also, let’s all concentrate on removing deadwood, dry grasses and weeds from our landscapes. Think FIRE every time you venture into your garden.