Shady Way Gardens Bits and Briefs April 2003
SURVIVING THE SUMMER

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Attention people leaving for the summer and people staying for the summer but not interested in fiddling with their plants:  you can definitely buy any plant, plant it, leave it for the whole summer with no water and have it be there when you return, or at least look out your window in the fall.  It will be dead, however.  Read our lips.  No newly installed plant, except maybe a larger cactus, will survive one of our scorching summers without supplemental water.  Irrigation systems and clocks are well and good but must be monitored regularly for various malfunctions.  Very few established plants will survive our summer without additional water, and these are of the hard core native varieties which appeal only to those of us who like the dead look.  Of course, we like to think of ourselves as desert plant aficionados with very sophisticated tastes!  A few of the well established plants we have seen make it through the summer on their own include Desert Milkweed (Asclepias subulata), Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), Deer Vetch (Lotus rigidus), White Bursage (Franseria dumosa), Triangle  Leaf Bursage (Franseria deltoidea), Flat Top Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum v. polifolium), Hoary Rosemary Mint (Poliomintha incana), Wooly Butterfly Bush (Buddleja marrubifolia), Mangle Dulce (Maytenus phyllanthoides), Arizona Grape Ivy (Cissus trifoliata), Cat Claw Acacia (Acacia greggii), White Thorn Acacia (Acacia constricta), Palo Verdes (Cercidium sp.).

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Web Comments george@mswn.com September 13, 2004 Shady Way Nursery 2004