For us it means no rain, or if we get something we are super happy about 1/4-1/2 inch.
For me water rights with some seniority is a good thing. Our irrigation comes from several private lakes. It does cost monthly but in high mountain desert water is a commodity. It always has being, for many many years by now,
Our community bought more water rights, for me it means I can expand my garden wind block and orchard. Also it means I constantly bring wood chips to conserve all the water we get during rain season and in winter if we get anything it all gets soaked and retained as much as possible.
Water here does mean a lot.
In this 90-100F heat and no clouds full sun it means I can plant a garden and have it establish. Even xeriscape plants (aside cactus :), but even those get night time dew) need water.
Transplanting in April-May is a key here. If one does it in June or July... you have to have mulch and water.
Because you have to cool the ground. Otherwise the plants get burned. Also for some plants when they are transplanted like that one needs row covers that do 70%-60% sun. We just have blazing hot sun, and because of the altitude we are talking 10% or less humidity and that is our normal.
Now what I did is June post May and almost July planting.
One new bet I'll be turning into BTE this weekend, got plants and that weedy area is long overdue... has to be done, below will see why...
3 neighboring properties were mowed, weeds not going to seed as much, It means I go do new bed now. One is not, but that's a different story, hoping my wood chips in my orchard will do the deed.
3 new beds near orchard now look like so
Mound (x-concrete) aka BTE over concrete. It turns out that is possible. The mound does hide several concrete plates inside, why I do not know by I have no means to move any of it... they are just way way large... almost wonder was that prev owners driveway at some point or what...
Here we have: sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke), Chinese artichoke, several types of squash (which ones... will see what it will come out as... cause tags are blown away).
Agastache (sunset hyssop), 3 types of salvia (aka meadow sage), lemon balm, rudebeckia Goldstrum, borrage, echinacea (WY hybrid of purple cone flower), yarrow, and I'll add some more covers.
I did try to seed there wild flowers, but they did not come up... So I did that above.
Agastache came from my plants, I had 2, several more self-seeded, I let it grow for a year and transplanted
Rudebeckia (black eye sysan) came from thsi mother plant
Artichokes are not irrigated they collect water down flow. Others have 1/2 commercial drip line and 1/ line with button regulated micro spray I can do more or less flow or 0 flow individually on each cluster.
Second mound also had some chunks of concrete and big fat bindweed I'm fighting (as usual, but I'm wining this one, at least I want to believe... it's a big improvement)
I turned it into keyhole garden with compost in the middle...
My fence decided to grow trees... no, not having poplar and what else in there in the middle... but I guess it means compost is working, right, and judging by the size of the squash it does...
I have there scarlet bean and lupines for nitrogen fixer, and also 3 baby garaga bushes. They will cover 15 feet each and will be plenty good.
BTE orchard is doing not bad thsi year, no fruit because last snow for 2 days in late may after 20-th of May did kill the blooms, and cooling the soil was not enough... My orchard bloomed last in the area, late May snow did get all there was, but trees are good, no bugs.
BTE tomatoes start looking like something. These are about 1month and 1 week in the ground, now started blooming.
Dragonfly. That's good
New plantselect.org hopefully ground cover starter plant. Hops flower oregano.
Nettles... I know... I've got that one for $5, we are in desert, nettles do not happen here, and that one has no water, so that's actually very good...
This one is an interesting thing. Zone 5a. Peranial gladiolas. These do not happen in zone 5-a-b.
My new to be addition to one of my overpowered by weeds and cleaned up areas.
Rudebeckia. I do not think that was a correct label, I've never seen velluda or birta varaety, that ne looks more like morengo...
My trees backup for terraces is doing ok, I did expect it to do better...