Today is a scary day, a distressing day, I wonder if we will survive this summer type of day, and I am saying mayday! mayday!, we need help! I wonder if you are feeling that too or if you are a whole lot more positive that we will get rain soon. For rain is what we need now, a week of it at the very least.
My plants are dry stressed and on top of that the rabbits and cockatoos are honing in for any little bit of green they can find. On Tuesday I picked up 5 very full barrow loads of eucalypt branches that the cockatoos had stripped from my client’s tree. My Acacia has had a similar stripping by cockatoos. Other smaller plants seem to be hit by rabbits looking for something to eat.
And so whilst I shout help I’m also going to double down to protect my plants and help them, in any way I can, to survive. Three years of plant growth simply must not go to waste so out have come my plant protection aids again (see blog on 27/1/2019) My plants do not need to be chewed no matter how hungry the rabbits are and some of them are going to need extra shade for a while. My irrigation supplies box has also been well utilised in the last couple of weeks as I have increased the area covered by a simple above ground irrigation system which the hose plugs onto and away we go. What I am noticing now is that the ground is so very dry that any water I put in is hardly lasting the week but at least I can water everything at once and not have to bucket to each plant.
If you, like me, are determined to rescue your plants from certain demise in this extraordinary weather and need some tips on how to do so with simple irrigation and rabbit protection then pop down to Murrumbateman markets tomorrow or the markets at Cool Country Natives in Pialligo in two weeks time and talk to me.
Although I’m finding it difficult to stay positive today, stay positive I must and protect my plants I will. The alternative is too horrid to contemplate.
Flowering now in my garden: From top left going clockwise are Callistemon subulatus, Patersonia occidentalis, Chrysocephalum apiculatum silver leaf form, Melaleuca thymifolia white and Xerochrysum viscosum.