by Charlene Burgi
Have you ever become so accustomed to a situation that you fail to see a problem exists? This isn’t about seeing a branch that needs to be cut back but never getting to it, or noting the weeds that need to be pulled around the garden. I am talking about being totally oblivious to a very obvious issue.
While taking a road trip up north a few weeks ago, we drove into a gas station to fill up. Before leaving half our paychecks behind for fuel, I noticed the irrigation system running. I thought that was odd since northern California has experienced so much rain lately. What was even more glaring was the water shooting up in the air, bubbling over the curbs and flooding the gutters like I was in a water park instead of a gas station. Cars and trucks sloshed in and out of the flood; the gas station attendants skirted the overspray as if they were shooing away a pesky fly; and people paid for their purchases and moved on without notice. I was ready to break out the hip boots if I stayed much longer! Instead, I grabbed my camera to capture such neglect and promised to use the pictures in my next water waste workshop.
They say timing is everything, so I will forfeit waiting for the workshop and share these beauties with you:
As I said, timing is everything. Recently, we have gotten a rash of water waste calls. Irrigation systems are coming on as the rain pours down on our already saturated landscape; car tires are splashing through puddles left from overspray and runoff filling our gutters. Let’s raise our awareness. That irrigated water will benefit the root systems of our plants far more than it will the asphalt and concrete as it finds its way into the storm drains! Remember to plant your irrigation water in the garden!
And speaking of pictures, do you have photos of the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour that you would like to share? Our wonder-woman, Ann, has started a photo album of gardens that were featured on the tour. We would love to see more. Please send more photographs to her so she can add them to the album. It is a way for others to share the experience of and be inspired by these lovely gardens.