Two Days After It Was Supposed To Rain A Lot
Our local rain was disappointing: we got perhaps two tenths of an inch, at most. The wait continues. The garden is a lot of bare branches these days.
In the meantime, finishing up rose pruning, a much less arduous task than in past years. The 'Sombreuil' over the front door is coming out. I'll replace it with the unhappy potted 'Iceberg' on the east balcony, which will surely be happier in the ground.
I'm constantly checking the dreadful Asclepias by the front door, waiting for the large Monarch caterpillar to cocoon so I can pull out the Asclepias. This morning there two, not one, large caterpillars, chomping away at what they could. Not big enough yet, guys?
It was a frigid 41F this morning on the patio, but we'll have highs near 80 by the end of the week. I'll have to turn the irrigation system back on, but we've saved so much the past nine months, we're still well over 60% savings.
I remind myself that properly situated Camellias need less water even than Agaves--these two in an ignored part of the garden get no irrigation at all--and here they are, blooming.
...and the other.
They are both small because I cut them to the ground in preparation for removing them several years back, and then never got around to the removal. They grew back. Good thing.
The State Water Resources Board report for December is in. Our district missed its 36% mandatory savings by 2.6% Tsk, tsk. That's what's going on here today, two days after it was supposed to rain a lot, but didn't. Back to work.