We have had a total of 1/2" of rain in past three weeks while temps have been over 90 almost all those days. Today will be 95 with heat index of 102.
Rain barrels have been empty for awhile. I just feel guilty pouring water on stuff.
I've been gradually watering fewer areas. I never water my lawn and rarely water the front flower beds, which are mostly pretty drought tolerant stuff.
I quit watering the white flower bed in back and the asparagus/ rhubarb/ strawberry patch awhile back (and strawberry plants have mostly disappeared; I hope they will come back next year). I haven't been watering my hillside. Being shaded it doesn't suffer as badly, but I may lose a lovely ceanothus I just planted last fall and some other stuff.
I'm now thinking about abandoning most of the rest, just focus on keeping the 3 main veggie beds (2 of which have seeds for fall crop planted in them!) and the containers on the deck alive... (and maybe the flower bed in front of the living room window with 4 azaleas in it... but they like an inch of water a week and they aren't getting that)
But then there's the weigela shrub in the front lawn. It was really suffering and a couple weeks ago I just put the hose on it and ran it for a few hours. It perked up, but probably needs that again. I bought it and planted it about 6 years ago and it has thrived until now. I hate to just let it die, but when people in the world don't have water to drink, I feel guilty pouring drinking water on it like that...
It's 6 AM and 88 degrees in the house and I am sweating as I type this.
What's everyone else doing in this global warming season? It's probably a sign of things to come and I should switch to xeriscaping and planting all drought tolerant stuff... focus on southwestern natives not natives to my area.