|Kitty sees a butterfly!|
Issues can happen. For example, sometimes a person will steal a pot that you put outside of the patio area. My recommendation is to keep all of your valuables inside the fenced area. Also during the monsoon, special critters will enter your sacred garden like tarantulas, the Colorado Desert Toad, perhaps a packrat, lizards, a Gila Monster, a stray cat, and get this.....QUAIL!!!! One day I came home and found quail in my pots laying eggs. They left a dozen eggs and for a month or two, and I watched the quail parents guard those eggs. Some were in pots too high for them to jump out so I created a chute for them to slide down from my patio table. On a Saturday morning I woke up to chicks all over my patio with Mom. I threw chicken feed all over the patio outside so that they could eat and stay safe. It was the event of the weekend. The father would hang outside of the patio area making protective calls to the mother who in turn cared for the chicks on the ground. I left room under the table for them to hide if danger came near. After about 2 days, momma and the chicks left my patio for good. I felt really lucky to have been a part of their family for awhile. PS. With a bamboo curtain, moisture is trapped inside and keeps the humidity in....guess who likes that? Butterflies! So you can raise native butterflies in your garden without even trying!!
|A Jatropha to the right...one of my favorite plants to grow. Protect from frost.|
|I miss this garden as I had it for 5 years. I know that I will recreate this again in another way, shape, and form. But I do love established plants.|
The secret to small patio gardening is to create multi level gardens so that all space is utilized. Plant stands work wonders as do planters that hang over the fenc, etc. I had a garden bench outside to store my ties and twisties and also grow some of my more exotic species of plants. It was a very special space and my guests loved it! I thought I had a pic of my fountain, but I didn't. It was a blue pot that had water bubbling out of it with water plants around it. A trend got started at my complex because of me and a lot of people started taking pride in that otherwise wasted patio space. I'm not sure if that was a good or bad thing, but I know people noticed and liked it. Put solar lights up and add unique lighting around your area. What a great place to have some wine and relax after a stressful day at work!!
Dream it. Plan it. You can make it a reality.
|The curtains protect the tropical foliage from the hot desert sun.|