Hot winds:

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Hot winds battered trees on 2nd and 3rd January, and this Lipstick Acer that had been doctored previously, split again, leaving an ugly no longer viable tree. We will replaced it in autumn. Six and a half years old, the mass of green from our bedroom window will be missed, but at least there are some other things growing


We were lucky to avoid bush-fires, as they were close by at Hastings, where we go to the library. Fortunately no houses were lost, but tree, fences and animals were not so lucky.

Shall include a few photos of our tree from the bedroom window after it’s last mishap.


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View minus full Acer

View minus full Acer. Alstoemeria lie cut after their spring flowering, but will return for an autumn show. Lily of the Valley are in the foreground having given of their best for spring. Grevilleas and Correas are dependable natives filling gaps. The Brugmansia, (Angel’s Trumpet tree), looks a bit worse for wear after the heat..

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18 thoughts on “Hot winds:

  1. ChristineR

    I love how your bottles echo the exact autumn colours of your garden. Shame about the tree, Barbara, and glad the wind didn’t change. It’s good to have this current cool spell now, so we dont have to be constantly sniffing the air or scanning the horizon for smoke! We have our wood heater burning again today, unheard of for us, this time of the year!

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  2. Aunt Beulah

    Even as I felt bad at your loss of a tree, one of life’s calamities, I marveled at your window with the bottles of vivid hues and the autumn foliage beyond. Oh, how I’d love to look through that window as the seasons roll by.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Yes, M-R, think we’ll try again with a similar or same variety. It is cool in spring/summer, magnificent in autumn and then bare only for a few months. Maybe staking it well when we plant it till it gets its roots down will protect it next time.

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