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This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

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.

4 comments:

  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.

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

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

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  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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