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RE: drought

Have you tried penstemons? Many of them seem to take dry conditions in
stride, although I don't know if they'd handle no water at all. I water my
dry garden about once a month in summer. Penstemons, erigonum, salvias,
yuccas, chilopsis, opuntia cactus, russian sage, texas ranger, all doing
How about rabbitbush (chrysothamnus)? It is a native here, and survives
quite well on just a few inches of water in the spring. You'd have to trim
it now and again as it isn't the most attractive thing left unpruned, but it
is pretty in bloom in the fall, bees love it.   
The LA Times had a big article about your drought last weekend. It's truly


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] drought

> Yes, quite few.  Pineapple sage croaked, the caryopteris (four of
> them) also, even the Russian sage which likes dry conditions, I think all
> three of those are toast too.  Even my big Wild thing salvia isn't looking
> too good.  My weigela is a goner, going to replace it w/ a big rosemary.
> telling if any of the grass will come back.  If not, I'll just let the
> take over the lawn.  Been keeping all my viburnums well watered and the
> roses.  I think they will be OK, but only March will tell.  Most of the
> mints and purple coneflowers are history too.  Some daylilies have
> disappeared, but they may be hunkering down, at least I hope so.  All I'm
> planting next Spring are rosemary, lavender, thyme and salvias.  And I
> replace the purple coneflowers.  They're a must w/ a bird & butterfly
> sanctuary.  I may do a few peppers in pots, because I must have my
> But I won't plant a big bed of them again.  Ten months of this.  It's
> crazy.
> Thanks for letting me vent Chris.  I can't tell you how badly I want to
> all the flood waters and redirect them to Oklahoma & Texas.
> On 1/2/06, Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com> wrote:
> >
> > Pam,
> >
> > Have you lost a lot of plants?
> >
> > Chris Petersen
> > Northport, Long Island, New York
> > Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> >
> > chris@widom-assoc.com
> > My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
> >
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> --
> Pam Evans
> Kemp TX
> zone 8A

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