Limited area for roots to grow: check. Exposure to heat, cold and wind: check.
We had the 5th hottest June on record, July stayed hot, but then came a mild August with decent rains. After a hot flash Labor Day weekend (it’s a dry heat:-) – bringing us to 30 days >100F for 2014 – September just saw a cool front set off light rain, then sharp cooling; tonight’s almost chilly.
And wild plants responded, though we’re only 50% of our average precip, year-to-date. Photos from my hike last week –
A desert city’s garden celebrity once told me something like, “native plants are often less suitable to urban areas than many non-native plants.” I may still have the e-mail.
After initial shock or “what Einstein was that parroted from?”, my reply was something like, “actually, native plants and city codes or LEED are my friends, not plants from colder, wetter places.”
I got no response.
When I hike or mountain bike, I sometimes wonder why any of these plants live in such a limiting environment…especially when it’s too hot or cold for me. Then I remember that they do and thrive, and I’m thankful they are here.
By now, you may also be seeing how this wild environment is every bit as hostile to plant life as any urban setting.
The monsoonal flow is forecast to return this coming week, with mid or high-80F temps, so there may be fresh green again.
This area is under 1 mile and 500′ higher in elevation from where I live.
But #dontmovehere :-)
Any place’s native plants are keenly adapted to that place’s exposures and extremes. Out here, add “low water-use” to “native” or “adapted”.
Is there a place you can go, and just hang out or work out in, to see similar ideas to those you can embrace?