But I was always taught to look at the bright side of things. Were you? And since this is a blog about joys, I decided to make a list of the joys of a drought.
1.) You learn quickly which plants are drought tolerant. That can be a big, big help in years to come for future planning (and plant replacement).
|Rosemary, behind Showbiz, is drought tolerant.|
2.) Watering every day becomes the only chore you really have time to do. So, weeding, mulching, planning, transplanting, etc. all get put off. It's a nice break, really, from those chores for a while.
|Yarrow is a beautifully foliaged drought tolerant plant.|
3.) Watering can be very beneficial to your mental health. I water by hand, so it becomes as meditative as weeding. You think of things you never would without having done this chore.
|Lantana never complains about too little water.|
4.) You are in control of the water (unless the well run dry). If your plants want more water, you are in charge. Just take another hour out of your day, and you can give your plants the amount of water they want. (I know there are exceptions, but let's keep it positive.)
|Lavender (this is Provence Lavender) is a nice fragrant, drought tolerant plant.|
5.) A drought is preferable to a flood. You can at least try to water the garden to save it. With a flood, control is completely out of your hands.
|Sedums (This is Autumn Joy) don't mine a little bit of dry weather.|
6.) This too shall pass. I get reminded of that each time I complain. I know eventually the drought will end. Unless we turn into the next Sahara.
Well, that's enough joys. I must go outside now to - you guessed it - water my plants.
Are you having too much rain this year, or too little?