“The Plants Are Wearing Hats”

This week in Melbourne we had 4 days in a row over 42 degrees, all sunny, no rain. Some of the plants started getting burnt leaves so I put tea towels and rags over them to help protect them from the harsh, hot, unrelenting sun. My partner came home from work and said “the plants are wearing hats”. Love it!

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Magnolia in the blue “hat” and an unknown plant that was here when we moved in in the red hat.

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Azalea wearing the chux hat.

The hats helped a bit (unless it was windy!) and the garden survived the heat fairly well. All except for a baby Lilly Pilly which got burnt to a crisp and only has half a dozen green leaves left. I watered it in the morning and thought how well it was growing, had my post night duty lay-in-my-hot-bedroom-with-the-fan-on-not-sleeping and by the afternoon all the leaves had dried up and burnt. Hence putting “hats” on anything else that looked like it was starting to burn. Hope it comes good again!

Spring Has Sprung

In one day I received two positive comments about the flowers in our front garden. One from a Jehovah’s Witness who commented on my Snap Dragons after she gave me her speech about God. Another from a group of teenage girls who were walking past, unbeknown to me working in the garden. So, I thought it time to show off some of these beautiful spring flowers to you.

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Crab Apple Tree – Mum and Dad gave us this tree a few months ago as our feature tree for the front garden. It looked like a dead stick. Now it’s covered in leaves, buds and pretty pink flowers.

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A row of different coloured Pansy’s add a colourful border to one of our garden beds.

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These Snap Dragons have been going strong for nearly 6 months! 

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Primulas standing up all prim and proper.

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Couldn’t resist putting in another photo of Grandma’s beautiful orchids. This one seems to be the result of some in-breeding between my pink orchids and my yellow orchids. Pink must be dominant because I have many more pink orchids than yellow orchids despite starting off with one of each.

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This Port Wine Magnolia was rescued from my brother’s property before he demolished his house. I’m so glad it survived the transplant and is now covered in buds. Unfortunately, the buds don’t open much further than this before they drop off. So nice to get a plant that’s 6 feet tall straight into our new garden where all the other plants are just babies. 

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Photos don’t do this Boronia justice. It is absolutely covered in flowers!