It was very hard for us with a tropical garden, we lost well over a hundred plants, mostly ferns even though we had our own little bucket brigade going 3 days a week for that hour! Whenever it did rain, we filled whatever containers we had with water. We still have oodles of 20 litre lidded containers scattered around our gardens filled with water. Our government built a hugely expensive desalinisation facility that never did go online as......
We then had the biggest floods in Australia's history!
Too bad about your tropical garden...that's just so hard to see that go knowing how much time was spent planting and caring for them all! How ironic that then you had the biggest flood in history after all of that!
I have a shallow surface well with excel ant recovery but that means We can fill the bath or wash clothes in the course of the day.I am always conscience of my water usage and am fortunate to have a year round creek for irrigation.It drives me mad to see someone run the tap needlessly.I like to submerge my flower pots in my outside sinks to give them a good drink and then lift them to drain in the sink.i never water grass even with continuously running creek water because I just can't see the purpose.Here the grass always comes back green in the spring and I'm glad when it turns brown and I don't need to cut it anymore.
People were actually stealing water from water tanks on sports grounds and from creeks and rivers.. It wasn't a good time at all and yes it was awful to see our garden dying after all the work we had put into it. We weren't allowed to water lawns at all and everywhere you looked the grass was dead.
And then the Flood of the Century as it was called, with 99% of Queensland under water at one stage or another. One town experienced an inland tsunami which caught everyone unawares and washed a good portion of the town away, the death toll was very high. Rivers courses were changed. One poor cow travelled over 100 kms from where it was until it was rescued.