The Gardens of Chiconia 3

We’re frying down here.  Bureau of Meteorology for today in Mackay:

Forecast for the rest of Friday
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers during the afternoon and evening, mainly in the south. Isolated thunderstorms from the early afternoon inland. Winds east to northeasterly and light increasing to 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day.
Daytime maximum temperatures 29 to 35.
Fire Danger – High
UV Alert from 8:00 am to 3:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]

The garden is holding up pretty well, thanks to the kind neighbours who watered every other night while we were away.  Some things have given up and decided life in the tropics isn’t for them.  The begonias are a case in point. I had two lovely Rex begonias, one silver and one burgundy.  They’re fried: shrivelled and with burned holes in the leaves.  With the exception of the spinach, rainbow chard and capsicums, the vegies have called it a day.  Everything that hasn’t bolted is just holding on grimly without actually making any forward progress.  So over the weekend, I’ll be doing some wholesale chopping back, digging up and feeding greenstuff to the wormies, who have also survived our absence in the coolness of the tiled area between the bathroom and the loo.

On the upside, some of the little guys are loving it!

The coleus is flowering!

The coleus is flowering!

The dead stick, dead no longer. Just look at those leaves!

The dead stick, dead no longer. Just look at those leaves!

 

The flame tree, and all those leaves are brand new. I think it likes its new  home.

The flame tree, and all those leaves are brand new. I think it likes its new home.

The passionfruit has doubled in size. If it wasn't so great it'd be a bit scary...

The passionfruit has doubled in size. If it wasn’t so great it’d be a bit scary…

The lemon tree.  They've gone from marbles to small golf ball size.

The lemon tree. They’ve gone from marbles to small golf ball size.

The baby lime tree: just LOOK at all the new leaves.  I've thinned out the tiny fruit so there's only a few instead of about 10.

The baby lime tree: just LOOK at all the new leaves.
I’ve thinned out the tiny fruit so there’s only a few
instead of about 10, and I feel a lot happier about its chances.

The cordyline is staging a comeback from the grasshopper damage seen on the lower leaves

The cordyline is staging a comeback from the grasshopper damage seen on the lower leaves

My main wish right now is to have a couple more days in each week, so I can work in the garden and do my quilting… But as that’s not going to happen, I think the garden may be early morning and evening work, and quilting middle of the day in air conditioned comfort.  No way I’m going out there in 35C and extreme UV risk.

Storm season is coming, and we’re already getting the TV ads telling us to get ready.  This will be my first time going through it, so I’m relying on the Husband to make sure we’re prepared.

More soon from the Kingdom of Chiconia.  Maybe next time it’ll be a poem. Or a recipe. Or both.  Stay tuned.

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