We are half way through a heat wave. This week has been one of the worst weeks in the year for me. I almost lost a few of my trees due to high temperatures. Today we at 31 degrees Celsius. The temperatures will be dropping as the week progresses. The tree that I used as a feature image for this blog is one of favorite trees. Those of you that have been following me for some time now should know this tree. For those of you that have not seen the tree in all its glory. Here is a photo so you can see the difference in appearance:
This photo was taken on the 23 September 2018 just before it went on show.
This is just one of trees that have been damaged by this sudden change in temperature. Here is a few photos of other trees that suffered the same faith:
Most of the trees that got burned by the sun were deciduous trees. Just the one Oval Privet that got burned but that is due to the bad soil mixture that it is planted in as it dries out very quickly.
I must say that other trees are loving the temperatures and some of them like this maple are doing great.So not all deciduous trees have weak stomachs… #maplesaretough I replanted this tree last year to get the tree to recover after I worked on it and to let it regain some strength.
I moved a few of my smaller trees into the shade of my bigger trees. I also placed tree trees that got burned in a more shaded area. I check my trees every day after I get home just to see if they are doing better in their new positions or if I should move them. I try and only water my trees once in the morning as I am not home during the day and I do not want my trees to stand in water during the evening. So I try other solutions. One thing that I see that has a big influence on water and health of the tree is the correct soil mixture.
Other trees that are doing well are trees like my Ceder I replanted last year. I was so afraid that I would loss this tree as it stood still and almost did not grow at all. It’s like the tree woke up from the grave. It’s shooting out new growth at a rapid rate. The lighter parts on the branches are the new growth since beginning of September 2018.
Here are a few more trees that I have featured before that are doing great.
My black monkey thorn at its best. Still has leaves from last year but you can see new growth shooting out everywhere on the tree. Love this tree.
These trees are all young designer trees that I styled during the competitions. This one is from March 2018
These two are from 2017.
As you can see they are growing at a great pace. I will not be working on these trees now. I will be allowing them to grow out and I will trim them back and let them grow out again to encourage back budding.
These trees I trimmed back early in September 2018. Look at them now!
So as you can see things are doing well at the nursery through all the ups and downs. I know in my last blog I mentioned that I will be trimming some of my trees. I was a bite preoccupied keeping trees alive so please forgive me for not keeping up my end. I will make sure to post the blog shortly. I will make it extra special.
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