Dry is still the theme in my photos for the monthly photo challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. Last month I posted for June and called it “Dry June.” Since I am so clever and it is still dry, and it rhymes with July, there you have the title of this post. Not a lot of photos to post this month from my yard.
Not sure what else to say other than it is still dry, California is breaking heat records and nearly everyone’s front yards are very dry. Sadly, I see too many neighbors’ yards with dead or dying trees. Here in the Sacramento Valley, the trees shade the houses and keep other costs down.
I have heard many people and other bloggers talking about how residential yard watering uses a small percentage of the water. Big business and agriculture use the most. It is a very political hot potato. Still hoping for El Nino to rain on us this winter!
My hope is simply that during these times of drought, people will learn good water use habits. I know I am much better at turning off the water when brushing my teeth, doing dishes, etc. I set the timer when I turn on the drip hose on the cypress trees. I watered a small patch of grass in our back yard and was amazed at how one 15-minute watering greened up the grass. We placed a five-gallon bucket in the shower to capture water from our short showers. I use the gray water for the flowers and around the trees. Am I saving that much water? My water bill compared to last summer has dropped dramatically, from over $80 per month (in summers) to less than $30.
The next dramatic change to my Chinese Maple tree will be in October. I expect it will continue to stay green. Meanwhile I will focus on some of the summer plants I am trying to plant. Keep your eye on the big pot on the left. I just planted marigolds. They love the summer heat. By August’s post there should be some orange flowers to see! Here is a gallery of the maple tree from each month since January.