Sunday, May 29, 2022

Drought and the Dwarf Powder Puff.

 


Yesterday I told you about my dishpan watering system, in my fight to save some of our trees and plants.

Above right is the skeletal Dwarf Powder Puff Bush today, and the red flowered bush is the same bush before drought hit the bush. The green leaves in the corners are the new growth from only 
3 days of dishwater.
The tree was our view from the kitchen window for 30 years. A favorite place for Cardinals to sit and sing.  My Dwarf Powder puff photos in this LINK


Below re two sickly flowers that appeared with the added water.
I might have saved the tree  if I had thought of the dishwater sooner.


15 comments:

Cathy said...

Don’t be so hard on yourself Sandra….often we just need a push in the right direction for things to work.
My dish washing water went through various stages before it actually reached the soil…..used for our dishes…..then the cats bowls....then baled (with a jug similar to the one you used) into a bucket to be used with a mop for the floor which was then slid very carefully to the back door to be baled out again onto the garden. Every little bit helps!
Take care
Cathy

Ginny Hartzler said...

Maybe you still can save it? I have an entire folder of your Powder Puff flowers!!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yes, stick with it... that there are any flowers at all says that life is there. Nourishment and Love (via water) must surely help! YAM xx

CheerfulMonk said...

That's so sad. Fingers crossed!

Rose said...

I never think about saving dishwater for plants...not that I need to.right now. But still it is something to remember.

Tigger said...

Can you put a water diverter on your drain and collect the dishwater in a barrel outdoors to make the process easier? We are lucky to have an upstairs bathroom and catch the shower water that way. Your bush will come away again now that you have discovered the secret of life.

Hootin' Anni said...

Good news...it's coming back to life!!! You saved it. (If it's anything like the bottle brush tree we had in AZ, It should be drought tolerant).

Love the gorgeous cardinals

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
I am hoping with the continued dishwater, your pretty Powder Puff tree will survive. The Cardinal photos are pretty. Take care, enjoy your day!

Mevely317 said...

Gosh, what a difference! You did a great job with that first collage.
I love the cardinals' visits. And okay, it may an old wife's tale, but I still call them by name. Never had them in the Phoenix desert.

Chatty Crone said...

I feel so bad about your drought. I think of how many hour long showers Andy took through the years he lived with us - I begged him not too. I bet he doesn't now that he is paying for water. He would accuse this generation of ruining the planet - yet he was using plenty of water. Thank goodness he is growing up - has a lot more to do!

photowannabe said...

A drink for the parched is life giving. So glad you are keeping the plants alive. Every bit helps.
Dave and I are very weary and sticking close to home.
This old gray mare ain't what she used to be.
Loved family and all the fun we had but...
Now it's hitting us..

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm thinking that if you cut it back a little and keep up with the watering it should come back. Mark does that with several of our bushes each year.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I do hope you can give it enough water to at least keep it alive.

LC said...

Cheering you on as you practice creative plant-saving strategies!

DeniseinVA said...

I hope you've saved it Sandra. Necessity is the mother of invention, clever of you to think of the dishwashing water.