wings and things


on February 21, 2015

It is surprising how much continues to grow, and even flourish, here, despite the fact that this is the third summer I have stopped watering any of the garden. For those who don’t know why I stopped, the reasons are four-fold:

1. Even though I have an endless supply of good, clean bore water, turning the hoses on activates a pump which translates into a very high electricity bill;
2. I am not the least bit interested in gardening;
3. After Anthony went into the nursing home, I didn’t care much about anything except his well-being; and
4. I was conducting a scientific experiment based on Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Palms, aloe vera, frangipani, cumquats, bottle brush, figs and grapes (as mentioned in past posts), and many other trees and plants continue to flourish regardless.


Even the house is sprouting!


19 responses to “Treehouse

  1. It seems your plants are ‘thriving on neglect’…. making them stronger! Diane

  2. My Heartsong says:

    I like the “law of natural selection comment”-I love to photograph plants but not good at growing them-maybe if I got a different apartment..

  3. Your property looks so serene and beautiful Julie. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. janeslog says:

    Things will still grow regardless of whether you water them or not. The plants will have adapted to the environment in which they grow.

    Your grapes look lovely. The palm trees are nice we get them in the West of Scotland and they are mostly found in the islands. It’s something to do with the Gulf Stream bringing in warm air to the area.

  5. susanpoozan says:

    Those plants must have long roots and are able to tap into underground supplies. I don’t know that the house has the same ability to water its plants!

  6. Your trees are looking good. I am a great believer in natural selection in relation to my garden too! 🙂 With the exception of a few flower tubs, which have some tender things in them. My neighbour puts gallons of water on her garden every summer and yes, it stays greener than mine, but mine always comes back just as healthily when we have some rain.

  7. Those grapes are beautiful. You live in paradise, so lush and fertile.

  8. dogdaz says:

    Oh my. Overgrown. I do love bottle brush. Never saw it until came to your country.

  9. I’ve seen other places where people have let nature take more of it’s natural course and I have loved the affect. There was one place where they let things grow “up” and they had wonderful little paths and walkways and ‘hidden’ statutes and openings. It was so beautiful!

  10. Amy says:

    It sure beats the piles of snow in my yard right now.

  11. Amazing how some plants will thrive with little attention and love

  12. Vicki says:

    A wise choice for this time in your life, Julie.

    There are more important things on the agenda than watering what will probably survive on its own. Wish I could say the same about my little community garden.

    Must be wonderful to go out and pick a bunch of grapes whenever you like. I often freeze grapes (and berries) after washing them, to eat like frozen lollies on very hot days. So refreshing.


  13. tootlepedal says:

    That’s my kind of experiment.

  14. Trisha says:

    I’m amazed at the plants you have. Nothing like that grows around here, except for maybe the grapes. That giant palm is beautiful!

  15. tersiaburger says:

    As you have grown my friend….

  16. tersiaburger says:

    As you have grown my friend

  17. I think that all of your reasons make sense Jules 🙂 As they say nature always finds a way.

  18. Tiny says:

    You made a choice, and nature made a choice 🙂 works well!

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