|The yard as it was before we started|
|After some 'shaping' at planting time in January|
|As it now is in late spring|
|Hibiscus - lost most of its leaves bur seems to be recovering|
|Tecoma 'Sparky' - love this!|
|View from our patio dorrs|
|The wind - reminds me of trees in Cornwall!|
Over recent weeks we have had persistent wind that is typical of this area at this season. I feel that whilst nothing has been killed by the wind it has slowed growth on plants like the citrus which are struggling. So this morning I have juggled the last few infill plants, fed with a slow release fertiliser and stocked up with an emergency back-up irrigation system - some seephose and a sprinkler. Should the current system fail, a replacement needs to be in place within 24 hours or the severe mid-summer temperatures will kill everything. Probably seems a strange problem to those of you back in the UK struggling with waterlogged soils! But gardening anywhere is usually a challenge as well as a pleasure!