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Post by Tom2006 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:35 pm

Got the beers on ice we have a heatwave inbound!! In fact get the watering cans and hosepipes at the ready as well because there is absolutely no rain in site for the rest of the month. Could be widespread 25-30C next week.
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Post by Blairs » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:58 pm

Hopefully, as already promised the kids a pool party next week.


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Post by Tom2006 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:08 pm

Blairs wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:58 pm
Hopefully, as already promised the kids a pool party next week.
Looks a good idea. Think I'll be getting the kids paddling pool out again.


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Post by Sparrow » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:28 am

As we've had a grand total of 3mm rain here so far this month, the watering cans and hosepipes are already out and in use! Looks like it will continue...


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Post by otorongo » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:46 pm

Today I noticed some plants in the garden dying or already dead. It looks like after the killing winter we're in for a killing summer. I was going to buy some plants, buy may be better to wait until September to avoid the struggle of keeping them alive.

My flip-flops on the patio have melted again.


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Post by Blairs » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:55 pm

Was not expecting that Otorongo. Thought you were going to say that you could see plants growing. Have you been watering?

We are now forecast 30c for 2 days. The pool is still out and the solar lid has kept it warm. Long may it continue as don’t get those often.


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Post by Tom2006 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:11 pm

otorongo wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:46 pm
Today I noticed some plants in the garden dying or already dead. It looks like after the killing winter we're in for a killing summer. I was going to buy some plants, buy may be better to wait until September to avoid the struggle of keeping them alive.

My flip-flops on the patio have melted again.
Which plant's have died? You have to water a great deal in this weather. Apart from my grass I'm watering everything almost every day at the moment.

As for the flip flops, you need to buy a better brand.😂
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Post by Blairs » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:19 am


As for the flip flops, you need to buy a better brand.😂
He must have those cheap lightweight foamy ones as the rubber ones don’t melt: had them in Florida and California and they did not turn to lava.


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Post by otorongo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:37 am

I thought the flip-flops were rubber, but on closer inspection it seems to be some kind of foam. The patio slabs get very hot, much hotter than the air or grass, and you can't walk on them barefoot, but I guess you could fry eggs :)

I'm a low maintenance gardener and not one to water the garden every day, if I had to do that I'd replace my plants with drought-resistant ones, and that may well happen, with natural selection doing the first part of the job.


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Post by tatter » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:51 pm

45 deg c recorded in sun today at 1-30 pm had to water my impatiens tinctoria just now despite watering last night. icon_sunny
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Post by Blairs » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:10 pm

45c?


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Post by otorongo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:56 pm

If it was in the sun then 45C is nothing unusual, even 80C wouldn't be. Temps in the sun are more indicative of the colour, shape, material and aspect of the thermometer than the perceived heat, that's why temperatures are normally measured in the shade.


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Post by Blairs » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:17 pm

otorongo wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:56 pm
If it was in the sun then 45C is nothing unusual, even 80C wouldn't be. Temps in the sun are more indicative of the colour, shape, material and aspect of the thermometer than the perceived heat, that's why temperatures are normally measured in the shade.
I get that: my garage was 30c on a sunny day in Feb this year (I have been monitoring temperatures in there).

45c is not the real temperature though: just that the thermometer was left in the sun.


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Post by otorongo_ » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:10 am

What I've lost to this summer so far:

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'
Gardenia 'Kleims Hardy'
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea': it died back last winter and struggled to spring back from near the base, but that new growth is toast now and unlikely to come back


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Post by otorongo » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:51 pm

Jasminum officinale 'Clotted Cream' is joining the summer 2018 casualties list.


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