Friday, 31 December 2010

Windblown garden

It's been the first really hot day for this summer... later than usual, but it certainly came in with a vengeance.  It was more than 43C, but worse,  the wind that came with it was really hard for the garden. I spent a lot of time outside repairing the shade clloth protection and trying to keep the more tender plants safe.
The sun has set at about 8.30pm,  and I've been out to assess the damage...  

.... the lush zucchini leaves on the plants that have been so productive look a little the worse for wear...
 ... rose flowers are crispy around the edges....
 .... lilies just don't survive....
 .... wilted echinacea....
 ... tomato plants are wilted also....
 ... the level of the pond dropped by about 6 inches....  and the dead leave are all blown to one end (bees are taking advantage of these though)....
 ... this is all that remains (below) of the leaves that are still attached to the plants...  and you can notice the dried mud line at the previous water level, where the birds have been bathing....
 ... the bean trellis has disintegrated and will need rebuilding this week.  (I had attached the shade cloth to the bamboo structure,  and it just couldn't cope with the wind!  As far as I can see the beans and cucumber plant are all ok.
 The native species found it hard also.  This is a wattle tree that is about three years old.  The new "spring" growth is leaning toward the ground... it has wilted badly....
 But in amongst all of this, the eggplants are doing well and the fruits are growing fast....
 ... as I took photographs of the garden, a pair of eyes were watching me....  Gertie looking over her gate!

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