This spring surged forward with a vengeance, with higher than normal temperatures very early in the season. I've made a determined effort to keep the gardens up to date by choosing a time of day that works best, since me .. and too much hot sun, don't work well together!
It has to be early to mid mornings, and/or late in the afternoon, sometimes now, also making use of the daylight-savings hours. If it helps me to 'beat the heat', it has to be how I tackle it from now on through the summer months ahead. January/February I will try not to winge' about how hot it is.
These Linarias remind me of little snapdragons, though they're less robust with fragile, delicate stems, but still oodles of bright colourful flowers. Three packets of seeds scattered in sunny spots offered me my fill of visual sweetness for a while, but yesterday, they were lifted out.
Four punnets of blue salvia seedlings are now all planted out and being nurtured along with daily hand-waterings. At just after noon as I write this, it's nudging 35 degrees celcius, and a total-fireban across most of N.S.W. in place as hot, windy conditions return (ABC News). And then maybe dissipate from hot into cooler as it seems a southerly is coming in ... I was going to start laying out some sugar-cane mulch but when I read about a forecast change I thought the better of it. Don't need it blowing away all over the pathways.
Just so you really get an understanding of 'me and the heat' I'm pushing this post from January this year to the fore.
I know that some of you are even expecting snow storms, it is interesting to compare notes about 'the weather' my side, your side. When I'm hot it has a cooling effect to see photos of the snow. I can't send you photos of anything to prove how hot, other than frying an egg on the roadway after Christmas.