Okay, if, like me, you’ve been swooning over the recent pitty-pat of raindrops like a 14-year old with a crush, prepare to come down hard. There was less than a half an inch in my rain gauge--how about you?
Doesn’t matter, because it is in no way enough. For Austin-Camp Mabry, rainfall of 16.07 inches was the 4th driest year on record dating back to 1856, and was the driest year since 1956. Rainfall was 17.58 inches below normal. LCRA points out that the current drought began in September 2007 (coincidentally the month before I put in my front garden (cue tiny violins).
Now that I’ve discovered that LCRA’s chief meteorologist,Bob Rose has a blog I shall be haunting it daily hoping to read of some sign that La Nina has decided to pick up her tattered skirts and get the hell out of town.
After 10 years gardening on solid rock in Rollingwood, I moved into a 40's cottage in the North Loop area spring 2007. The little postage stamp yard is black clay and no one had ever dug a single flower bed. After visiting Key West a few years ago, I came back inspired by the little frame cottages, white painted railings, and rustling palm leaves. So the plan is: desert tropical cottage garden.