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.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 7/13/2007 9:42:28 PM Central Daylight Time,
>>> 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
>>> if I can find a native landscape designer and get some ideas. Sigh
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