May Dreams Gardens is one of the garden blogs I follow. (http://www.maydreamsgardens.com) Yesterday's entry had some wise words from the garden fairies which I got permission to share with you. Do go visit there!
My garden and I made it through the hottest day ever recorded in June in Indianapolis. Toward the end of the day, the garden fairies and I, in consultation with the Board of Directors decided to move into Drought Survival Mode.
We water for survival, and not for flourish and lush.
We won't be buying more plants until fall, and then we will probably buy many new plants.
We'll tell people that tan is the new green for lawns. We won't let the lawn die, but we'll let it go dormant, as it likes to do in warm weather anyway, and give it just enough water so that it doesn't die.
We'll take notes and look at this as a learning experience, a chance to really figure out how little water some plants need to survive.
Oh, and the garden fairies agreed that there will be no fire in the garden except for fireflies. But it took a bit of negotiating.