Thursday, July 16, 2009

We are in a drought in So. Cal.-It's gonna get ugly!



We are now officially in a drought out here in Southern California.


The water company just sent out a notice that we are only allowed to water our lawns on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! Now, it’s 100 degrees out, so it won’t be long until all of the lawns are brown. Without irrigation, Southern California is just one big desert.


Firehubby did a wonderful thing a couple of years ago…he replaced the lawn in the backyard and put in a waterwise garden in our backyard. His hard work paid off. I adore it. It is my refuge. This year we will reap the benefits of it’s drought resistance!


Take a peak at the pix I took when we finished the yard…my battery is down and so I couldn’t upload the pix of it today with the plants are more mature…will do so soon





Found recent pictures...we need to refinish the teak...I prefer it the honey color like above.


This picture is in the shadow, but you can see how much everything has grown. :)


23 comments:

Yarnmomma said...

Your yard.......It's beautiful Julie.. Never have I been to Cali. so your pics are as close as i'll get..

I hope your weekend goes well..and you are feeling okay.........

Hugs,

Stephanie

Helene said...

Your backyard is so beautiful!!!! You'd laugh if I showed you pics of mine! I love everything about yours, from the little fountain in the middle of the walk area to the lawn furniture you have. It just spells out "relaxation" to me!

We haven't received any water shortage schedules here in Northern CA....yet. I have a feeling it's coming though!

Can you e-mail me when you get a chance? helene1108 (at) yahoo (dot) com I have a friend who's writing a book and needs some feedback from a trauma nurse. I'm not sure if that's in your arena but I instantly thought of you when she asked me if I knew anyone.

mrosev14 said...

That table is calling my name. Lemonade and a good book. Your back yard looks so wonderful.

Kat said...

Hi Julie

I'm Kat. I came over via Life of a Southern Belle. Congrats on the award, btw. I've sure enjoyed my visit here. Your backyard is incredible and I bet you thoroughly enjoy it. So sorry about the dought. It's hot and humid here in the sunshine state.

Hugs!
Kat

Shanna said...

Your yard is beautiful! I wish this rain would come your way we've had plenty!

Shana said...

L.O.V.E your backyard getaway! FireHubby did a GREAT job! BRAVO firehubby!!

Lori said...

Love it!!! I've been forever trying to find plants and a scheme that can withstand our dry summer months and you've given me some great ideas. Thanks!!!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

How beautiful! It looks like the perfect place to go and relax after a long day. Being drought tolerant can't hurt either it sounds like. We were on notice a few years ago. Thankfully not this year since we've recently reseeded much of our backyard where all the bushes were. We'd be living in a dustbowl if they restricted us this year!

Melissa Stover said...

oh your yard is gorgeous!

Casey said...

Your yard is beautiful! We don't have anything like that around here.

Kathryn said...

I'm here from Grammy GF. Your back yard is amazing! We haven't any grass either, but i wish we looked something more like yours.

However, we did get a bit of rain today. And our high this year has only been 82 F. You need to come to BB to get some relief from that heat! :)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful. It looks like a wonderful, relaxing place. We have had an over abundance of rain in the UK recently, and a very wet summer so far, I wish I could share :-(

Mighty M said...

Love your yard!!!! What a great place to unwind!

He & Me + 3 said...

Can I use your backyard as a calgon getaway place? wow Julie...that is just gorgeous! Love that table too. I'll bet you have some nice get togethers back there.

Annie said...

wow!!
your backyard is like an oasis! LOVE IT!

p.s. weather in MN right now....well, today we have a record low! the high is 64! it feels like fall :( normally it's at least in the 80's-90's! it will start getting warmer tomorrow! :)

Morgan said...

Your yard looks beautiful!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

We finally got rain last night in Louisana.....along wiht no power for 5 hours...UGH

Beth E. said...

We've been through drought conditions and water shortages. We had two years where we had water restrictions placed on everyone. We learned to save every drop of water! One way I was able to continue watering my flowers was with "warm up" water. Each family member would place a bucket in the bathtub and catch all the water that ran until it warmed up enough for showers. The boys have a bigger shower, so they'd just leave the bucket in the shower with them. Soapy water does not harm flowers! I'd also use the "warm up" water to clean my floors. I read the water meter every day and kept a close watch on what we used, because the town would fine anyone who went over the limit. The experience made us appreciate the blessing of water. We no longer waste it!

For the first time in four summers, we are NOT in a drought! We're praising God for every drop of rain we get!

Mishel said...

I'll bring a pitcher of lemonade or peach tea, your choice and I'll relax with you in your oasis. *sigh* It's lovely!

Jessica D. said...

Yes, the honey color wood is beautiful, I love your getaway in your back yard! Wonderful Job Firehubby!

Aspiemom said...

Your backyard looks beautiful! I love the touch of purple in it - just perfect! (Very clever of him!)

mama's smitten said...

Wow ! Fire Hubby did all that! What great landscape!

E @ Scottsville said...

Wow, your back yard really is BEAUTIFUL!!! What an awesome place Firehubby created for you back there. =0)

With all the drought, I guess he's gonna be one busy man, huh?

We're in a drought too. Everything's looking dead around here. =0(