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.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

if only ...

If only ... I had been able to work out what trees I wanted earlier, then today I would have a good structure of mature trees, instead of areas of potential verticality.

If only ... I had realized that I could control the wisteria growing over the deck by cutting it back hard, and understood that it would always come back strong as ever. I would still have the intoxicating scent and heavy mauve blossoms each spring.

If only ... I had not got rid of the eucalypt nicolii just because it had a tall straight trunk and didn't seem to fit into how I then imagined the garden. I didn't know then that parrots and other birds are attracted to the nectar amidst the safety and comfort of very tall trees.

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