is a term often thought to apply only in desert or dry areas where
there is an obvious shortage of water. But it can be applied wisely
in all types
of climates. In what was our part of the Caribbean, Montserrat in the West
Indies, we received many inches of rainfall each year and much
of the island is green
add just a few days of hot sunshine without rain and plants began to
suffer. We transformed our gardens establishing terraces and rainfall
that allowed the rainfall we received to soak into the ground rather than
running quickly off to sea. We also established cactus gardens in areas that
benefit from being kept dry as a termite preventative such as around our
Below are photographs taken in the Ortobotanico (Botanical Garden)
in Naples, Italy. The climate there is not overly hot, but it does
seem to have long dry periods. In late fall, around late October, the
garden staff install covered cactus protection for the winter season.
I don't honestly know if that is their season of heavy rain or maybe
winter is just too cold.
recently visited a small, but exquisite cactus garden in Guatiza, Lanzarote,
Canary Islands, Spain. It was called the Jardin de Cactus and they
weren't kidding. Take a look at the setting by clicking here Jardin
you are thinking of putting together a garden, please do check out
my page by clicking on Cactus & Succulents to get some ideas of the
plants that are attractive to you.