December is late for Hemerocallis flowers, but if they manage to open without a lot of heat, the color is richer and stays richer all day. I was really enjoying the above flower on Thursday while preparing for impending rain.
I put the patio chairs out so the rain could wash them off. I use the hose if it doesn't rain, but rainwater is free. Patio chairs get really dusty here.
Tubs go under the patio scuppers
The other tub under the other scupper:
This barrel is for overflow if the tubs fill up. The wheels make it handy for rolling water for distribution
The downspout diverter installed last year has proven to be an excellent idea. I figured out that because of the slight slope in the pavement away from the house and towards a nearby drain, when the grey barrel fills, it will overflow into the black barrel, and when the black barrel fills, it will overflow into the white barrel.
Culvert drain clear and ready.
Irrigation system OFF. A single deep soaking rain in late fall or winter can cut the water bill by $100. The rainwater distributed only to the driest places in the garden can further extend the no-irrigation time and save even more.
Actually the preparation work was a pleasure. It was wonderful to be outdoors in cool weather. The small amounts of rain we've already gotten this fall have done wonders.
Osteospermum 'Fourth Dimension Silver'
'Lady Emma Hamilton'
'William Shakespeare 2000'