It did rain eventually, in the winter, from what I remember. Then this year, we had several cracking thunderstorms in February and March, and by middle of March had had more rain in 2012 than we had in all of 2011....
So here are a few updates:
It's easy to dismiss the whole horrible summer of 2011 and claim that Everything Died, but of course it didn't. Texas Tough plants mean what they say, and an impressive number of last year's projects have returned.
Herbs lasted beautifully; parsley, rosemary and cilantro all weathered the drought and the cold.
In February we planted mustard (late, yes, I know but we got some), carrots and Swiss chard.
And if it hadn't been for the drought, we might not have realized that the swimming pool was leaking! That suspiciously green patch was due to nasty cracks just under the pool coping. Fortunately the warranty was still in effect.