This is what 43 degree C heat does to tree ferns. Last Saturday was the worst. Because we were forewarned that it would be a hot day, I went out into the garden at 6 AM to beat the heat. I gave up at 7. It was too hot to continue.
We spent most of the day indoors in the air-con. The poor plants didn't have that choice. I'm sure they would have pulled up their roots and moved under cover if they could.
Where the sun touched leaves, they were burnt.
At about 5.30 PM we ventured outside and headed straight for the pool, then watered as many parched plants as possible. Sunday was hot as well until a thunderstorm hit and the temperatures cooled down.
The hot spell is over now and temperatures are back to the low 30s but there will be more hot spells to come (after all, it is Summer).
Caladiums I bought last summer have reappeared after their winter sleep. I was going to plant them out in the garden, but I think they can stay in their pots and come with us to the new house instead.
The fish waiting for breakfast.
The pond needed to be topped up on the weekend. The heat evaporated quite a lot of water. Luckily, it's shaded, otherwise we may have had boiled fish.
I have a long list of gardening jobs so I'm hoping next weekend won't be as hot so I can work for longer.