Today was 43 deg. C and the next three days will be over 40 deg. C here around Melbourne area. Eventually summer has really arrived with a vengeance. The garden is not really looking that bad at the moment, as we have had enough rain falls during the spring and the first month of summer. The lawn is reasonably green and most of the plants seem to cope with sudden heat.

Two of the plants that are suffering are Jacobinia pauciflora and the Justicia carnea. These plants are absolutely wilted, especially the Justicia that is heavy with blooms. All the flowers are wilted away, nothing can be done about it. Watering will not help as the temperature is simply too hot for these temperate plants. They will not die, when the summer heat is over, they will recover. I will soon trim all the wilted flowers.

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