WaterWise...

This time last year we had excavated and replanted my beautiful garden and I loved it so much.  I loved the green glow that greeted me each morning.  Sadly, we have spent the last year watching our little haven die a slow death as the drought became our reality.  We are running out of water in Cape Town and there certainly isn't enough water for gardens.

All the hours of work and money faded into the dust that is now our truth.

With the crazy year I had last year, I didn't have time to even go there.  Every time I walked past my sandpit, I cringed and turned a blind eye.

Bottomline, I was heartsore about it and I didn't know how to move forward.

When I was moving my studio around last week, I found this book I acquired a few years ago and we sat pouring over some ideas on New Years day.  We managed to pull some ideas together and we drew up a garden plan and for the first time in months I started feeling encouraged about our little desert.

With the use of pavers, pots and water wise plants we will try and recreate this space again.

I have around 10 lavender bushes that will run along the long side wall.  I ordered my beautiful dark grey pavers yesterday and that will run next to the lavender alternated with around 30 water wise plants.  We already have one zen circle and we will be putting in another one tomorrow which will cover most of the now sanded area.  I will start collecting terracotta pots for one corner and use them to plant herbs. 

 I collected around 30 water wise plants that are evergreen but don't require water.

I collected around 30 water wise plants that are evergreen but don't require water.

 Terracotta pots in one corner

Terracotta pots in one corner

 Zen Circle

Zen Circle

 Lavender is ready to be planted

Lavender is ready to be planted

It's a big project but I'm feeling encouraged and a little excited.  I love projects and I love gardening in my own little way.  I want to be able to enjoy being out there again.

I can't wait to share more...