Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A little rain makes a big difference

We have had showers of rain for the past 3 evenings. Not a lot, but better than no rain at all. October was so hot and dry that even mature trees were looking like they would die of thirst.
Everything in the garden looks better after some rain.
Last night the frogs were serenading each other. They must have really missed it too.

This morning I walked on cool wet grass, not the dry and crunchy stuff of a few days ago. Of course, it is still mainly brown but will soon become green if we have a bit more rain.

Some of the heliconias are already flowering.  They are lucky. They've been hand watered a couple of times a week.

 Along the side fence, the frangipanis are in bloom. Both the flowers and leaves are smaller than usual but at least they have leaves. Some of the frangipanis I see driving to work are in full bloom and have no leaves. I would guess that's because they are trying to conserve water.

The poor lemon tree is suffering. It's dropped it's fruit and many of its leaves. Clearing up the fruit is an urgent job for this weekend. In our area, fruit left to rot on the ground attracts fruitfly.

The bougainvilleas are still looking good. For them it's never too hot or dry.

This one may be the exception. It is in a pot in a corner of the garden that very rarely gets watered and, like the frangipanis, has lots of flowers but very few leaves. If it hadn't rained when it did, this plant may have not survived.

The fernery is watered regularly. The hanging baskets dry out quickly in the heat.
It has an overhead sprinkler system so watering means simply turning the timer on the tap for 5-10 mins each day or so.

It's location outside our bathroom window means that it doesn't get forgotten.

The dry hot weather has tested the bromeliads and confirmed just how tough many of them are. We have some that have succumbed but most are doing well.

Usually by now we would have regular rainfall. I hope it has finally started.

One great thing about hot sunny days - the pool has been getting lots of use (I promise no photos of me in my swimming costume) and it is pure pleasure to sit outside each evening for a drink and a chat.


  1. Hello Missy, you are beautiful and your garden is pecfect :)

  2. Roz,
    this wet season sure has taken its time arriving hasn't it? You look as though you have plenty of colour in the garden which is nice. I try not to pander too much to my plants, I think it makes them tougher to survive a bit of variation in the weather. soon they will be flooded for days :) We are also enjoying our pool.

  3. Ahh summer! The thought of warm days and your pool sounds lovely. But more important is that I'm glad to hear you've had some much needed rain already to hydrate the garden and give some cooling comfort too. The garden is still looking lovely!

  4. It looks like everything is hanging in there for you considering it has been so dry, even down here the grass everywhere is pale green and brown, we did have a few days of rain, just enough to keep things going. Hope you get lots of rain up there. Best wishes K.

  5. I hope the rain comes in for you soon. We've had some serious drought and some serious rainfall this year, but thankfully no hurricanes.
    Your heliconias are are a good girl, I don't water mine at all.
    Is it possible to make some kind of marmalade or citrus sweet with the lemons that have fallen off the tree? Or maybe squeeze the juice into ice trays to use in marinades or iced drinks....hurts my heart to see them go to waste because we pay so much for imported lemons here.

  6. I'm so glad you're having some rain at last. It's amazing how tough some delicate-looking plants can be, isn't it?

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