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.

I love this piece of equipment

I don’t know if you own a Karcher or the equivalent in another brand but I have to say that I absolutely love the results produced with this piece of kit.

A Karcher is a high pressure washer.  I am not sure of the technical name but that is what it does.  It washes using high pressure. You can read all about it here.

I set out to get rid of lichen on the roof of our back awning and somehow I just kept going. It is a little bit addictive. 🙂

Before using the Karcher.  You can see some of the lichen on the roof.After.  The lichen has been removed and the gutters cleaned.

But I didn’t stop there.  I then decided I should keep going and pressure wash the paving out the back.You can clearly see what a difference the Karcher makes on the parts I have done.

We now have a lovely clean back deck.

The other thing to note is that it uses much less water than if you were hosing down the area.

(Since posting this I notice I have blogged about this before.  Sorry for the repetition.)

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.

Violets!

I am feeling very pleased with myself as I have managed to grow successfully an African Violet plant. I have been feeding the plant regularly and I was worried as it had so many leaves and nothing else was happening so I stopped feeding it and only watered it.  Tah dah!  Well look at it now.  I hope it continues to behave like this next year.

The flowers that bloom in the Spring tra la.

This time of year is lovely for flowers to cut for indoor display as well as having a lovely display in the garden.

The irises this year are beautiful.  I split the corms the year before last and so last year we didn’t have many blooms.  This year the blooms are much better.

This dark one is my favourite.

We also have a climbing rose at the front of the driveway.  It really hasn’t done anything for a couple of years but since my husband put in a dripper system on the driveway bed the rose had prospered.  I am hoping it will really take off now.

This little bud is banksia coccinea.  I have posted about it previously.  The bud is taking forever to come out.  I hope it does come out and not remain as a bud and then drop off.  I will certainly post a picture if it eventually blooms.