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A Drought-Tolerant Garden

By SongofJoy
February 10, 2012

The year 2011 was a violent weather year in the US, with at least 12 weather-related disasters exceeding a billion dollars in damage. Some say it was Earth's most extreme weather year since 1816. Much of the country suffered from record heat and drought . . . and so did the yards and gardens.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 9, 2012 7:36 PM CST
Tee, thank you for this wonderful article full of perspective. I enjoyed reading it. If people just take a moment to look around & observe as well as do a little checking they can find all those fabulous hardy plants.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 9, 2012 10:51 PM CST
Thanks for this article. We've had more than our share of drought in recent years. Plants that would normally be drought-tolerant may or may not tolerate the most extreme stages of extended drought and water rationing. This winter has been a welcome respite from drought conditions and it actually looks like we should actually have a good spring wildflower season.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 10, 2012 4:45 AM CST
Thank you, Ann and Linda.

Ann, you are so right. I like the challenge of growing a few things that aren't found around here, but more and more I'm sticking to what I see growing and thriving when I take a drive around town.

Linda, I am so glad your drought has eased a bit. I hate it when that happens over the summer and I can only imagine what it's like ongoing ... we don't need any more deserts in Texas! What is you normal average rainfall?



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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 10, 2012 10:55 AM CST
Hard to remember exactly, but I know it averages 30-something inches. I know there were a couple of years we have been in the teens for annual rainfall. That must be in the desert-like range. The Chihuahua Desert area starts in west Texas and goes west from there.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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