If the temperature reaches over 40 deg. Celsius, it is just too hot for some plants. Though I had tried to water them, the damage came from above. The extremely hot sun light scorched and burned all the leaves and branches dry. Though some of them will recover, but sadly for the few, it will be the end of them.

After Melbourne was baked by four days in a row temperatures above 40 deg. C and then again 2 more days of another over 4o degrees, some of the plants in our garden are not coping very well. Though most of them will recover, but I am sure one of the plant is really dead and it is one of my favourite plant the Hemizygia ‘Candy Kisses’. I could have covered it in time. At first, the small and thin branches were still green, but now although the temperature has turned into normal for summer time (below 30 deg. C), the damage progresses. All the branches are dry. I will wait for few more weeks to see if the plant will start a new life (miracle?). If not…. I just have to pull it out for good and put in another plant that is stronger to battle the strong heat…. and bid the last ‘Kiss’ goodbye😦

Is our climate really changing by getting hotter? We have just to wait and see what will happen in the next few years. If it is so, many gardeners will have to grow plants that are more resilience to high heat.

Dried up Hemizygia 'Last Kiss of Good Bye'

Dried up Hemizygia ‘Last Kiss of Good Bye’

Scorched Jacobinia pauciflora

Scorched Jacobinia pauciflora

Resilience Fuchsia has started to grow new leaves

Resilience Fuchsia has started to grow new leaves

Feijoa fruits were aborted by high heat. Leaves have lost the shine.

Feijoa fruits were aborted by high heat. Leaves have lost the shine.

Wilted Red Carpet Rose

Wilted Red Carpet Rose

Dying Cattleya Sheath and Flower Bud

Dying Cattleya Sheath and Flower Bud