Whether you live by the coast where rain and surf conditions have been volatile, or further inland, it’s been hard to avoid the unrelenting showers and grey skies that have dominated in recent weeks.
It makes for alarming reading. The latest global warming report released in August by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a bleak picture of increasing temperatures and rising sea levels. As individuals it can feel as though affecting change is beyond our reach. But even the smallest efforts can make a difference.
It’s a word that has been thrown around a lot in recent years but there’s nothing new about the concept of biophilia. Practiced since ancient times, it is the innate human need to connect with the natural world literally, visually or even remotely. While the term was coined by social psychologist Eric Fromm in the 1960s, it has found fertile soil in recent years as a reaction to the increasingly pervasive nature of technology in our lives. That is, we’re looking for ways to balance out all that screen time.
Native wildlife can add a delightful dimension to your garden, providing a sense of life and movement, and a feeling of connection with nature. Closing your eyes and listening to the busy humming of bees or the convivial chatter of birds is a guaranteed way to slough off the stresses of a working week and feel at peace. Including a few of these tricks into your garden sends a clear invitation to the local fauna.
Though lacking the showy displays of spring and summer, with the right planning and planting, winter can be a beautiful time of year in the garden. Sydney’s long summers spoil us with an epic stretch of warm days for planting and pottering in the garden. But all good things come to an end and, while we don’t endure the frosts and bitter temperatures of our southern neighbours, winter–as they say–is coming. The good news? A well-designed garden should be just as enjoyable and lovely to look at in the colder months–and some might even look their best at this time of year.