Saturday, August 19, 2006

It's Official!

Our doors are closed, phones forwarded to voicemail and email autoresponders turned on. We will not be checking messages or emails until September 10th. However, we are very interested in working with you this fall, and beyond, to create your native plant garden. Although our installation schedule is full already, we have plenty of appointments for design and/or consultation services. In fact, we have begun scheduling meetings for the week of September 11-15th, and most days are booked-up. Thursday the 14th (all day) and Friday the 15th (early afternoon) we have many open timeslots.

We might not be returning your calls or emails for a couple of weeks, but go ahead and leave a detailed message, including preferred dates and times you would like to meet. We'll confirm everything upon our return!

September will be an exciting month full of change and (we hope) cooler temperatures, maybe a drop or two of rain. Don't let the drought distress you, though. We have been checking up on several of our projects within the past couple of weeks, and we're proud to report that all are bursting with color and texture. These clients strictly follow the watering guidelines, and at least one has said she only hand-waters every other week. Yes, week, not day. Her neighbors find the success of her garden almost too good to be true. They suspect she's 'cheating' on the restrictions and frequently she spies them lurking around her yard, hoping to catch her in the act! No soaker hoses laced throughout the beds, infrequent supplemental watering. Hers is just one of our many success stories...yours could be next!

But the durability of native plants despite this historic drought isn't magic or trickery -- it's nature. We took Folsom for a jog around Big Lake Park (Plano) last weekend. Sure, the turfgrasses are all but dead and the ground has cracked, as if the soil is gasping for air. Some cracks are so wide we have to steer Folsom from falling in. It's hot, it's dry, it's oppressive. Still, we saw Clasping Coneflower and Goldenrod blooming vibrantly along the creek. Purple Verbena, too. And many other native plants.

All gardens native or non-native require water to become established. Once established, native plants will continue to grow and develop naturally, even during times of drought. This fall we hope you will consider converting your landscape to one that requires less water, less maintenance, and will continue to feed and house birds and butterflies. We can help.

Looking forward to helping you restore your slice of the Blackland Prairie...Until then, stay cool and hydrated! /Christy

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