No rain. Brutal drying westerly winds. Warmer days...This time of year is 'Spring' -- sort of-- but without all the elements converging as they should.
A little precipitation would help. Enough to suppress this waiting and dampen the earth.
But as my ma used to say: be careful what you wish for.
Mind you, 'tis pleasant enough except for the gusts.
If you saw the fire on Bribie Island you'd have to confront the reality of:
Scary stuff. Devastating for wild life.
When you consider the sort of Summer the northern hemisphere just had, maybe it is imperative that we consider how we too will get through the next few months.
We cannot know how wet it will be, but we surely know it will be HOT.
Brisbane dam levels are OK -- except for Wivenhoe (53.4%) -- so how much your tanks are holding now may indeed be a plus.
This Summer I'm set to deploy shade with greater purpose. After cutting back so much elevated stuff for the cooler months I'm banking on growth spurts to shadow the garden much more during the hot days to come. Tall plants too, like corn and tomatoes are useful. Just like the ramblers and creepers always are.
I'd really like to log how much each bed gets in the way of direct sunshine per day at key calendar moments. That's one of those exercises I've been meaning to do.
Time of year. Too much (as in too hot). Or too little. This Summer I'm also taking soil temperatures as too hot makes me anxious on sand. (As it does your tootsies when you go barefoot on the surf beach over Summer).
When I first came to Brisbane in an October some years back I was amazed how green the place was.Then the trees flowered and the thunder storms came...
It was thrilling.
And it still is.
Looking outback it is hard to imagine that that present verdancy is girding itself to explode into an even deeper green. Every year it catches me by surprise.
An advantage of BLF is that you can gallery your photos of different years and months and note the changes.
Since I just ordered some more seeds I have a mind's eye looking to the near future. This warm season I'm determined to settle my long running disputes (and failures): with cucumbers, sweet peppers and tomatillos.
You see, I am a man of ambition, even if my mind is in the dirt.
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