The plant continues gorgeous, damaged or not. The banding has become more noticeable this hot summer.
The same sort of odd damage, lighter, on an Aloe pseudorubroviolacea, but it happened in spring on a day following a night of unremarkable temperatures.
Another sort of damage--the whole plant has developed a pink sunburn the past few weeks. You can see where the bases of the leaves, shaded, do not have the pink burn. Burn lines, like teenagers at the beach. The yardstick explains how large the Aloe has become--nearly 5' wide!
In this case some sun stress added to the beauty. Is it damage?
I've been going crazy trying to alleviate the chlorosis in two Grevillea 'Superb', one at the upper left in the next photo. Damage? It's agony to look at. The plant is also not overly pleased.Striking, though, in the sunset. Which is no excuse.
I went out in the heat for chelated iron, having fought the chlorosis with both soil sulpher and acidified water to no effect. On the way, a stop at a neighbor's garden to see an Aloe reitzii with odd flowers. Damage? Yes, heat and drought damage. The tops of the flower stalks are dried out. The plant itself, healthy and well. An elegant species, reitzii.
Near the well Aloe, a beautiful 'Blue Glow' Agave nestled among Calylophus--possibly C. drumondii 'Southern Belle'. No damage there, heat or not.Back at home, after a not overly fun visit to the garden center for chelated iron. Excess heat damaged the visit. The chelated iron was applied according to package directions as a foliage spray to the Grevilleas. We'll see if that helps.
Undamaged by our hot summer, the puppies cope by sleeping on a nice cool floor, with cool air drifting across the room just at their level. The wall behind Natasha's favorite napping spot has taken some damage, as has the baseboard, which she still chews on now and then. Damage to be tolerated. It can and will be fixed.
She doesn't look worried:
Damage or not, with Agave 'Ivory Curls' being rapidly engulfed by Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird'? No sun damage on the shaded 'Ivory' this summer, but the engulfment will damage it eventually. Leucospermum unbothered. It has won the space. 'Ivory Curls' must be moved.
I planted some seeds from 'Yellow Bird'; could this possibly be a sprout? Germination is said to occur when nights are at least 12 degrees cooler than daytime highs, which has now begun happening again. Nah...probably just a weed. No use damaging my hopes.
See what is underneath?
The area where I planted the Leucospermum seeds has become a nursery of sorts for small succulents that were damaged by my neglect. They are all thriving in the ground. Fallen leaves are producing new plants:
Pot-liberated plants are producing flowers:
And more flower stems are appearing.
Damage there is now in the rear-view mirror.
Last year's Dasylirion flower is beyond damage. It is dry and dropping seeds, none of which has sprouted. No rain. A fine hummingbird perch.
The Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite' badly damaged by June's Big Broil of a heat wave has somewhat recovered. The healthier 'Dynamite' is past its main bloom. Now the second is showing off, and despite its set back, the display is impressive.
Damage, overcome. Bravo, little tree, bravo!