This summer has been brutal to my garden… and to a lot of other keen gardeners as well. Here in Melbourne, Australia we have been experiencing an average temperature of 35-37 degrees. But… there was one-day which reached 48 (119) degrees at the farm and there was no saving any plants from that heat. It was too unbearable to stand out in the sun for any more than 20 minutes.
We have had a lot of bush fires this season which has been a result of lightning strikes. These storms have struck the forests at their heart, right down in the valleys where our fire-fighters cannot gain access too. Over the last few weeks, it has been a nervous wait, listening to radio stations and watching fire updates to see what direction the fires are racing too.
But in the last two weeks, we have been blessed with cooler weather for a few days and a little bit of rain… But the garden is still extremely dry and water is vast.
One plant that has been absolutely thriving is my Hops!! They are growing madly and producing huge clusters of blooms which will be ready for harvest in coming weeks!
Only a few days ago I gained 5 new family members….. some new chickens. Unfortunately, ‘Chook Chook’ passed away and Ebony is our only chicken left. She is a 9-year-old chook who is as bossy as the day we got her. But due to her friends passing, she was extremely stressed. So… we thought it was best to get her some friends to hopefully put another boost of life into her. She hated every one of them at the start… She was not happy. But it seems over the last week she has improved and has started to show the young hens how things run around the farm.
Overall the start of the year has been non-stop! We have had some pretty sever weather which has made it hard to get out into the garden, but also weekends seem to vanish into working hours. Next week I will be flying to Perth for more TV filming… So look out for a blog post on my travels soon!
I hope you all have had a great start to 2019!
Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2019