Above is a peek at our back yard in autumn. Autumns do not last long in Perth. Our trees turn yellow almost overnight, and then the first decent rain washes the leaves away. Most of the trees here are deciduous, and were well on the way to being established when we moved in 5 years ago. Husb and I have differing gardening philosophies. I like wild and natural, while Husb likes cultured and pruned. What we end up with is mostly a cross between the two as the summers are too hot to do too much and Husb only prunes once a year during green waste week. If anything cannot survive water restrictions, we replace it with a native plant, but mostly the garden copes well. We have a cat, but she's too lazy and too well fed to hunt, so we have willy wagtails and wattle birds nesting in spring. The cat likes to watch them from the upstairs window, but stays well away from the trees when they are inhabited. Wattle birds have sharp beaks.
Our vege patch didn't last the latter months of summer, thanks to the 40C+ temps. The twig in the half-buried green pot in the front patch was a blueberry tree, that thrived right up until a few months ago. We had to put it in a pot because our soil is too sandy and too alkaline. (Most of Perth is built on sand dunes). Last year we harvested a cup of blueberries. Soon we'll be planting new herbs and winter veges like Boy Choy. The tiles surrounding the veg patch are stained brown from the bore water sprinklers which have a high mineral content. The plants love it, but even bore water is subject to water restrictions, so we can only use the sprinklers three times a week. On other days, it's hand watering only. If someone forgets for more than one day, that's the end of the vege patch for the summer.