3/14: sunburnt summer

From almost sleet-like rain a few weeks ago to days of soaring temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius; this is Melbourne, Australia.

Suffering severely, the garden struggles to cope, aided by diligent watering. Some plants really show their displeasure with the heat. The hydrangea wilts sadly but sparks up after being watered. The heat has taken its toll on most of the flowers, though a few still look okay.

watering helps the hydrangea spark uphydrangea still okayshrivelled hydrangeaIt is very evident that a few plants are not in positions suitable to their needs. For example, the smaller purple rhododendron and white camellia on the eastern side of the back garden’s middle tier, are not as protected from the western hot afternoon sun since we had the conifers lopped eighteen months ago.

Sadly, before I thought to protect the leaves with painting drop sheets, the sun had already attacked the leaves, particularly of the rhododendron.

sunburnt leaves on the smaller rhododendronsunburnt leaves on the camelliaprotecting the rhododendron and camelliaAlthough not a very glamorous look, hopefully it will prevent further deterioration.

 

 

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