Replacing the damage done.

I recently bought a few plants to replace some of those plants that were destroyed in the heatwave we had where the temperature was over 40 degrees.  The heat burnt the new growth on many of our plants but some plants were so badly scorched that they died and had to be replaced.

The plants are mainly natives.  You can probably pick out a protea, a waratah, a banksia and a correa.  Unfortunately we also lost our banksia coccinea but I have been unable to get a replacement for that.  I will just need to keep an eye out for one in the future.

We also had to replace some of the plants in our recently planted lilli pilli hedge.

These are the two new plants and the following photos are the plants that did survive with some new growth.

It will be interesting to see if any more new growth happens further up the plants.

On a positive note, the garlic I planted has taken off.

Visitors while gardening

While I was doing some gardening I had a visit from these two feathered friends.  The birds were waiting for me to finish disturbing the compost heap so they could get something to eat.

Because we have a water feature in our garden we have frequent bird visitors, more so during this very dry spell we are having here in Australia.

No, I didn’t forget

I didn’t forget to set my Garmin.

Today I went for a bike ride and it was the first ride for a while.  It was certainly good to get back on the bike.  Four of us did the ride today.

We rode 35.17 kms so a bit short of the 50 km we will be riding in March at the M.S. Melbourne Cycle.  We still have a bit of time to practise.

I love the chance I get to go riding with a lovely group of women.


One cooked garden!

I wrote no posts last week as we were away in Canberra to meet up with our nephew and to visit our son and daughter.  We encountered hot weather while we were there but  apparently it was even hotter here in Metung.  On one day this was the maximum thermometer reading, Off the scale. I guess about 52 degrees.

The result of this scorching day was evident in the garden when we returned home.

The lemon tree had dropped lots of fruit and leaves.The result was the same for the lime tree.The camelias were scorched.Avocado and blueberries also scorched.The lillipilli hedge suffered on all the new growth.

In the front garden we have lost a couple of fairly new proteas and it looks as though the waratah has had the biscuit.   Thankfully many of our natives in the front garden have survived but are a little scorched too.  Our vegetable garden looked like a disaster zone.  Cucumbers and tomatoes were cooked. Let’s hope we have no more days like that again.

Appreciating what we have and where we live.

It was a lovely morning this morning, and I had been for my early morning walk.  I had prepared a delicious breakfast of bruschetta with tomato, basil and feta on homemade bread. I took my breakfast outside and just enjoyed the surroundings and beautiful weather.