by Charlene Burgi
One of my favorite pastimes (besides gardening and tending to critters) is curling up with a good book. I relish the rare times when I can get lost in another world. However, in day-to-day life I find bullet points and summaries a blessing.
For example, recently the thought of designing an area around the pool with succulents intrigued me. There are certain conditions that need to be met to achieve the “look” I was pursuing. I pulled books from my library and grabbed some of the plant catalogs. This was not the type of literature to draw me into a comfy chair. Many of the books went into great detail about individual plants, but after reading through several paragraphs, I still couldn’t find the information I was searching for:
- conditions for optimum health;
- climate zone; and
- resistance to deer and rabbits.
Growers use various methods to provide information about their plants. The law states that each plant must carry its name on the nursery tag. And sometimes that is all you get . . . a name. Hortus, The Jepson Manual or Bailey’s encyclopedia are too ridiculously large to carry into the nursery to get more information if the nurseryperson is too busy to assist. Therefore, nurseries and growers have my attention—and my business—if they make it easy to home in on the details that I am looking for, or if they have a creative bent for writing that grabs my attention and entices me to read more just for the pleasure.
Our Public Information Department has done just that. They reviewed the Weekly Watering Schedule page on our website and recognized the need to design a more user-friendly version. The revamped layout makes it easier to find irrigation runtimes at a glance, or to figure out how to get started if you are new to using the schedule. And for those who want to learn more, the links make it easy to drill down for more information about evapotranspiration and precipitation rates. Kudos to Libby, Ann and Elisa for simplifying our world!
And, speaking of glances, take a look at some photos Ann took when she visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. A quick glance would tell you the cactus wouldn’t work well around the pool area, but could serve as a formidable No Trespassing sign!