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Re: I'm considering.......

Hi Cyndi, I would reconsider getting rid of the daffodils, especially since  
they are your favorite.  I have not found that they are the water guzzlers  
that other plants, especially roses are.  I have a native, drought tolerant  
front yard landscape, which I never have to give supplemental water to except  
after months of no rain.  I have daffodils planted all through these  beds.  
They come up every year, expect for the years where we have the  warmest of 
winters with no chill hours at all.   I cannot imagine  not having them there.  
They go well with spring natives as well and  usually come up and bloom long 
before any of the natives.  
There is a wonderful landscape book for dry areas....it is called, Native  
Plants for Southwestern Landscapes by Judy Mielke   It is full of  information 
and pictures.   Another one that I have used for years  that I love is, 
Landscape Plants for Dry Regions, Warren Jones and Charles  Sacamano.   I use this 
for reference a lot, it lists more than 600  plants from around the world for 
dry areas.  I have not found any  difficulty finding the plants for sale either 
retail or mail-order. Many are  species of genus that are not usually 
associated with dry climates, which makes  it nice.  It gives the drought tolerant 
alternatives, as well as  for the various climate zones....not just the low 
desert type regions, but also  high and intermediate.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 7/13/2007 9:42:28 PM Central Daylight Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

what  I
>>> would miss the most and it's the daffodils,  there are hundreds, I
>>> can't envisage throwing them out. The  roses too but not as much, and
>>> everything else I could mourn  for and move on.
>>> I will probably dither about this for months  to come if not years. I
>>> can't come up with what I could do  given that the big trees have to
>>> stay, and I surely do not  want to go back to lawn. Maybe I should  
>>>  see
>>> if I can find a native landscape designer and get some  ideas. Sigh


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