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.

Some succulent plants are still flowering nicely and the red carpet rose plant is thriving. I had covered the part of the back yard where we keep all the bonsai trees and the Cymbidium orchids as they need some shade from the strong heat of the sun. Oh yes, the Cattleya flower has also dried up and I have cut it off. I never know for how long it had been flowering, it could have been for days before I bought it. Now I am waiting for the next flower sheath to bloom. I saw a very beautiful Cattleya orchid in Garden World the other day, the bifoliate one and the flowers are much smaller, but it is too expensive for my purse…… Cattleya orchids are known for much shorter living blooms compared to some other orchids.

Well…. this is my rambling for today. Now around 10.50 PM and it is still warm 32 deg. C…. I like to sleep in warm weather… with no blanket. Remind me the time when I still lived in Indonesia:)

Wilted Justicia carnea

Wilted Justicia carnea

Cotyledon orbiculata

Cotyledon orbiculata

Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata

Red Carpet Roses

Red Carpet Roses

January 15, 2014

The second day of 4 days sweltering heat this mid summer time in Melbourne. It is now 41.5 deg C, it feels a little bit better because of the clouds. I have watered all my plants, especially the bonsai trees and the Cymbidium orchids which are under cover now. The Sarcochilus orchids are watered well and placed underneath the table in the covered barbeque area in the back yard. Nearby, a large plastic tray are filled with pebbles and water to keep the humidity higher. I have made sure to spray the exposed roots of the Cattleya that hang outside the pot to prevent it from drying out.

Anything else? I just hope that there won’t be any ‘sick in the head people’ that try to set fire deliberately in this heat. Yesterday there were small fires in Kangaroo Ground , Little River and Dromana area, which were under control. Thanks for the dedicated fire fighters.

January 16, 2014′

Day 3 of the 4 days sweltering heat. Today reached  43.8 deg. C. The weather forecast yesterday predicted rain during the night, so yesterday evening we took off the made-up cover (by using old bed sheets) in the back yard as we are afraid they could not hold rain water and would fall on the plants. However…. it was only few large drops of rain that would have evaporated quickly, and this morning I had to hang the old sheet on again. The three days in a row over 40 deg. C have dehydrated more plants, the roses and gardenia blooms are all dry and wilted. I cannot imagine how many summer crops will be damage by this extreme heat. Tomorrow will be the last day of the scorching temperature and Saturday will be cool in the low 20’s.

January 17, 2014

Last day of extreme heat wave, now 37 deg C in the morning 10.25 AM (and reached 44 deg. by afternoon). There was a bad news, our dear friend in Coburg just rang with a sad news that her dog Danny died of heat stroke. The poor dog could not cope with the extreme heat and died suddenly. It looked like he suffered from breathing problem or heart attack. I am feeling very sad for my friend who is still very sad and shocked now. RIP Danny Boy….

Tonight 9.54 PM…. cool wind has started to come but the weather is still very unsettled about 30 deg. C and with very little drops of rains. I still can feel the uncomfortable heat from the ground. Few fires around Victoria with the largest in the Grampian area. Some caused by lightning strikes, but some were deliberately lit. Thank God that these extreme temperatures have finally over for now. No doubt that our planet is changing for the worst with predicted more extreme weather patterns in the future.