about this blog

I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

Monday, 26 January 2009

a hard lesson

A garden is not the same as a wild place. It is constructed in the image of something – in my case, a natural, wild place. But in my hubris I went too far. Blithely moving or even removing trees because as they grew I didn’t totally love the juxtaposition with other things. Well, now I am receiving my deserved comeuppance, as too many plants wither and die.

What I have learned through hard experience is how much I need shade. Now that the climate is no longer mild and adequately rainy it is difficult to establish new shade producing trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. I knew all this long ago, but as usual had to learn from experience.

But I am determined to persist in this challenge. I will continue to aim for a beautiful garden which thrives without watering. I will use grey water to help establish young trees and shrubs. I will devote more effort in future to decent mulching. I believe that it is wrong and unnecessary to use scarce water for gardens unless one is growing food.


  1. You go! You can do it! You have such a good outlook on the challenges of gardening without water. Something we all have to learn now a days.

  2. I love this post. A lot of the fun of gardening is learning and solving puzzles. And what a lovely garden you have.

  3. Hi Tina, thank you so much for your encouragement. The challenge has increased significantly in the last few days.

  4. Hi Hermes, thank you for generous comment. Sometimes it is fun, sometimes it is very hard, but I guess it is always interesting.


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