Summer: time to skulk around in the shade and wait for autumn. Briefly dashes into the heat to water and pull out dead plants.
Noooooooooo! Not 'Austraflora Fanfare' Grevillea! Noooooooooooooo! It was grooowwwwing! It had it's own dripper! It had excellent drainage! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
The roses look like crap.
At least there are Dahlias.
And infant pumpkins.
In the meantime, I'm rebuilding a gate (in the shade). The wood was crumbling.
A new gate required only four trips to the hardware store--so far. It will soon be five. I primed the lumber but still need paint. Five trips doesn't include the trip to the lumber yard, or walking over to the neighbor's house with tongue and groove redwood in my arms. Neighbor was kind enough to cut a couple of pieces lengthways for me, with his nifty table saw. A copper cap would protect the top of the new gate...that's another trip...and wood putty...
It's been a good distraction, and is Useful Work, and is in the shade.
There were a couple of other garden plants besides Dahlias I could inspect without cringing at what the summer will do to them.
The seedling Oak, in February of 2014:
Yesterday. Well over six feet tall now (2 meters)
I need to start thinking about whether or not we want a big oak tree in front of the house. At least it wouldn't need summer water.
Also growing like a weed is, surprisingly, the Leucospermum.
The end of April 2015:
Late June 2015 (yesterday). Yes, the same plant. You can see a couple of the flowers in the photo above, now fading under new growth:
Wow. I guess somebody likes summer.