Today the topic of climate change and its many consequences are on almost everyone’s lips. More importantly, it is how we individuals and garden owners handle influencing factors. We can change climate responsibly in our everyday life.
Reading headlines about the drought in Africa, South America, or Australia while simultaneously watering our abundant green areas for decoration purposes, simply showcases a feeling of distancing to the globally emerging climate change. Referring to the saying: „someone else’s hand does not itch”.
In this week’s topic, we are going to discuss, if the ecological usage of water in our Algarve flora indeed measures up.
Research on the topic of water supply in the Algarve shows: the water crisis persists from the late decades of the 20th century. According to the conference Ravage of the Planet in 2006, the Algarve region is having intermittent periods with short and sharp floods in the winter and a long dry period in the summer. Besides, there may be extreme events such as inter-annual periods of drought. Currently, this topic is still on the daily agenda.
What were the efforts made in the past regarding the implementation of new behavioral patterns with water-saving and ecological usage of water in everyday routine? Is it just a rumor that each one of us can contribute to the well-being of our vegetation, hence the global climate? Or should we try ourselves first by educating ourselves and implementing the change with our own home and garden? Especially garden owners that now raise the question of how one can contribute are starting the right path.
Planting more flora that suits our Algarve climate, for example, ecological dry gardens or drought-resistant plants seems to be art at first, however with the right expertise it brings double bonuses to your garden. Firstly, water/ bill savings each month – secondly, it ensures less maintenance with native plants. The Mediterranean garden style of the Algarve contributes to your wallet and the flora.
The selection of drought-resistant plants is surprisingly rich and particularly bright colored flowers such as various gladiolas, plumeria celadine shine. (Also known as the exotic flower see picture).
The red tecomaria, roses glossing colors your heart desire, or even herbal silks such as famous lavender or even better butterfly lavender (see picture).
Concerning climate, the ecological dry garden or Japanese Zen garden aims to reduce the lawns. Globally, those alternatives are very well accepted. The central role in named garden styles is either to focus on several pathways that guide one through the entire garden, which is then densely planted by small garden islands.
Those can be full of softly moving grasses, richly arranged succulents, and Mediterranean trees e.g. Olives/ dwarf fan palms (especially water-resistant). Or to center the evenly combed gravel area and plant fruitful fig-trees, pomegranate, and Japanese persimmon trees with its delicious Kaki fruit around.
Garden owners with esthetic standards for symmetry, might feel attracted to the dimensionally straighten Japanese Zen garden. Here the pebble stones are decoratively combed and surrounded by bamboo or clay figures that can be used as water storage in your garden.
Overall, chances to support Algarve flora by arranging the water consumption wisely, are everywhere around us. We can facilitate our environments while at the same time contribute globally to conserve the natural resources on our beautiful planet. Working hand in hand, we can preserve the beauty and benefits of our vegetation for future generations. Should you feel inspired and would like to find a reliable partner in this regard please get in touch with us.