On the tenth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…10 native plants, 9 organic wines, 8 backyard hens, 7 Chakra gems, 6 craft beers, 5 solar panels, 4 sea turtles, 3 rain barrels, 2 milkweed plants and a live Christmas tree!
Ten native plants…what a great “green” gift for someone choosing to transition their “thirsty” landscape into a drought tolerant yard! Whether you live in a wetter or drier part of the country conserving water with native plants is the best type of landscaping possible. A climate-friendly landscape minimizes the need for fertilizers and pesticides which reduces pollution in our water. Every state has tools available to help you design the best water-conserving landscape for your climate. If you have trouble locating the tools to help you, search for a native plant organization or nursery to get assistance.
I mentioned “thirsty” yards and such on the Third Day of a Green Christmas after receiving 3 rain-barrels from my green friend who knows I have been working on converting my yard to “native” plantings, in phases, for the past 2 years. Now I have 10 more native plants to add to my landscape. Keeping in mind the FFL (Florida Friendly Landscaping) number one principle…Right Plant, Right Place…I have sorted my plants into ground-covers and specimens, based on watering needs. I can then place the plants in my yard where they will thrive best, following the 9 FFL principles in Landscaping 101. To get the help I need I use the FFL Interactive Yard tool on my computer. My green friend obviously knows my yard and knows I have a low-lying area that collects water when it rains so a couple of the plants are perfect for my newly created rain garden. Adding the 3 rain-barrels to my already existing 4 rain-barrels and 2 rain-chains I have several areas of my yard that will be able to receive more irrigation with drip irrigation. A drought-tolerant yard looks like a good 2015 possibility for me since I was not able to finish my yard in 2014 with a broken arm. I hope you will think “native” or “drought-tolerant” when adding or replacing any plants in your yard this year and please avoid using any invasive plants!
If you are reading this post as the first one you might be wondering what the heck I am doing talking about the twelve days of Christmas after Christmas. Follow this link and find out about the true twelve days of Christmas.