We need rain. Sunflowers have died in my garden, first time ever. About half, even though I’ve watered. And they’re wilting on one side of ‘my’ bit of the public zigzag garden, where I never water. Not so bad on the other side. Fingers crossed there will be some golden flowers quite soon.
I sowed beans to climb these sunflowers. I think birds ate most of the seeds. And/or beans may not co-habit well with sunflowers. But I now have three beans on a single plant (further up, the neighbouring zigzag garden has handfuls).
I’ll save these beans for next year’s seed.
A little patch of sorrel has survived, too. Some rain will help it expand.
And in the tomato thicket, bergamots are in flower. Some in my own garden too. But the bees haven’t found them yet.
Not bad, without any watering at all? And the cocktail tomatoes are beginning to ripen.
There’s lots of parsley, too. But the silver beet and the cape gooseberries (with its ripening fruit) are looking stressed.
And in my own garden, I have problems with my long-established fruit trees. I wonder whether climate change is part of this. For instance, the feijoa trees flowered very early (I removed the flowers) and have now flowered again.
Birds – for the second year in a row – are eating the immature apples. Are there shortages of their other food because of this hot weather? Or more birds than usual? I love the tiny native birds: fantail/pīwakawaka and waxeye/ tauhou and sometimes grey warbler/ riroriro. They dance along branches of the trees, glean tiny bugs that I can’t see. I enjoy the exotics – blackbirds and thrushes – that go for the snails. But are they welcome to most of the apples, especially from the only tree that produces big crops? No. Nets next year.
The birds aren’t eating the pears. But – another worry – the pears are much smaller than usual at the end of January.
And so are the quinces. Same size for weeks.
A big thank you to the bees that pollinated the trees. But now I have to consider how to protect the crop in other ways, next year.