Nevertheless, I will keep moving on, trying to do what I can. In case anyone out there is unaware, we are experiencing a rather serious drought. While backpacking in the Hoover Wilderness west of Bridgeport, CA, we really saw no evidence of it. The lakes were, for the most part, nearly full, and streams were flowing.
|Lane Lake near Leavitt Meadow
|Lane Lake on morning we hiked out of back country.
This was in contrast to our trip last year that started at Mono Creek Trailhead near Lake Thomas A. Edison.
|Dust blows from dry lake bottom of Lake Thomas A. Edison in September 2013.
|Not much need for the boats. (Sept. 2013)
Furthermore, it is hard to believe that there is a serious drought when driving past farmland that is being irrigated with overhead sprinklers mid-day in very hot, windy conditions. Does 30% of that water even reach the roots of our precious food crops? Still, I believe the Governor, our city officials, and Metropolitan Water District. We are in trouble and we can ignore it if we choose, but it will be at a cost.
This Saturday I will be speaking at the 2014 Native Plant Symposium, Saving Water, Creating Beauty with California Native Plants, of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of California Native Plant Society. I will be presenting a slideshow with pictures of native plant gardens, including the good and the bad, peak flower season and the dry, hot, sleepy days of the rest of the year. Other symposium topics include drip irrigation, designing garden meadows, soil and compost, native sages, and permaculture techniques for drought conditions.
If Santa Clara Valley is too far away for you Southern Californians, don’t miss the Autumn Garden Party at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery at Veteran’s Garden on LA’s westside. Carol Bornstein, Director of the Natural History Museum‘s Nature Gardens and co-author of California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn “will discuss ideas on replacing your lawn with beautiful, resilient California native plants.” Later, Nicholas Hummingbird will share his knowledge of traditional and medicinal uses of native plants. There will be music, hard-to-find plants, and lots of people who share your passion for California native plants.
It’s dry out there! Turn your water-sucking lawn into a wild suburbia.