The weather has warmed up again and I have been back out in the garden. I am working on the Crazy Paved area and trying to decide what to do with it. The blemishes make it unusable for herself. It had been my intention to make this her clothes line area but the ground is so uneven that I really cannot expect herself to walk on it in safety – but I have already gone through all this. I have started the re-edging and am halfway through that. Once I have that completed I will make a decision on what to do, but I rather suspect I am leaning towards having it concreted over – it would be just too much to big a job and much too time-consuming to dig it out and start again – not that I would anyway. It looks fairly reasonable from a distance but up close it is badly done and very uneven. It’s the devil to try and keep clean because the dust and leaves get into the cracks and the uneven divisions between the stones and make it a hard job to sweep. I started by saying that the weather was warming, but in this little corner of the Commonwealth, it can heat up to a point where it really is silly to go out and work (unless you have an occupation that requires outside work) because the temperature can really do nasty thing to you. I personally believe that working outside in the garden in temperatures of 46c (115f) is pointless because it is exhausing and draining, and that’s what the temperature climbed up to on Monday and despite being watered, fed and mulched, many plants died. I have questioned the contents of plant information tickets – they say the plant can be full sun, but what does that mean? Does it mean full sun in the highlands of Victoria or full sun on the edge of the desert in northern South Australia. I rather suspect they are created in Victorian and New South Wales temperatures and not for 40+ of country South Australia, so “Full Sun” does not really relate to this little corner of the world. Our ‘ Full Sun” kills them off. I was told that they should survive if I ensure that the ground is mulched to protect the roots and that they are well watered, but it really didn’t make a lot of difference and the only two plants that survived the extreme heat of last week were the two “Sturt’s Desert Pea” – which is not really all that surprising since it is a plant well adapted to desert life. However, they are short lived plants and will really only last the season, but at least I might have some colour.
A “feature” of our part of the world is a North Wind. In many parts of the world, particularly in the UK, a North Wind is a very cold wind – they even have a poem about it ” The North Wind doth blow and we shall have snow” Well here, the North Wind is a hot wind that blows off the hot desert and pushes temperatures up as well as being draining, making the heat worse than it is already. The dogs have been inside in the cool.