03 August 2015

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Often my best creatively frugal moments come when I’m trying to solve a dilemma with little or no money. One that I’m proudest of happened when we first moved onto our property, which was not landscaped. We live on 100 acres, with no near neighbours. Everywhere you looked, there were rocks; I couldn't imagine what to do with them to tidy up my yard. As I stood outside, wondering how on earth I was going to get rid of all these rocks, inspiration struck. I now have a sprawling rock garden. I gathered them all together, leaving varying sizes of rounds to fill in with dirt and plants. The plants were grown mostly from cuttings of geraniums, pelargoniums, and daisies etc., all hardy, strong growers that don't need molly coddling. To paraphrase a certain ad, it didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen. Bit by bit, my mind picture became reality in my garden. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received over the years and like most gardens, it is a work in progress. But I did learn that instead of looking for ways to get rid of something, I should look for ways to make it part of the solution!
Jenny, Wandong

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