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.