H is for Heatwave – or Hibiscus

The last day of the first month of this year was the hottest here in harbour side Sydney, where it is consistently two degrees lower than the CBD.  For that day, it was 39ºC (102.2ºF), considerably cooler than than the rest of the city.

With watering restrictions, I am usually out in the garden at day break, making sure that the plants are hydrated though our reservoir is only at 60%. This morning, February 1 the sky allowed us a drizzle so I can drop a note here.

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It is obvious that the hibiscus loves the heat; even the cuttings I took some months ago are flowering (above, in a six inch pot). The bush at the back, facing west, went berserk (below).  I had pruned it back severely to lower its water requirement.

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Grown from a cutting

I went into the wet to check the hibiscus’ cousin, the abutilon and sure enough it is also flowering its head off.

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Cutting grown

It is obvious that these are the plants to be encouraged as they continue to defy the warming.  Hibiscus in the sun and abutilon in the shade.  I will take cuttings of these for the Huge Plant Sale to raise funds for The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Next sale in April.

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