January is the hottest, driest month of the year, temperatures in this area are in the low to mid 30’s. But that can almost be considered mild compared to the searing mid 40’s around most of Australia with all time temperature records being broken daily. Torrential rain and flooding is pounding the northern areas and drought is still devastating out west. But with sea breezes keeping our temperature to that bearable mid 30’s, I think this is the best place to live. But with only 10mm of rain in the first week of January we do need rain and I am watering the garden daily.
Then the spear pump died. After 18 years of trouble-free, stellar service, with a gasp and a groan it just stopped. I was devastated, it has been a garden life saver and used almost daily.After 4 frantic phone calls trying to contact a repair man I finally found Paul, but he was very busy and couldn’t get here for 5 days. Unable to contact anyone else who could come, no hope of getting quotes, I just had to wait and use the expensive council water in the meantime. When Paul arrived he explained that during the 10 year drought, 2000 to 2010, with a high demand for spear pumps, many “cowboys” came out of the woodwork installing dodgy pumps, then disappeared when the drought broke. Consequently he has been kept busy repairing those pumps. We were lucky to have 18 years usage as the person that installed ours did a good job, but he has since retired, (I did try to phone him). So R.I.P. faithful, little pump.
We now have a shiny, brand new and far more powerful model. So the garden will live on…
Just to keep you up to date, here are a few photos of the garden today…
I’m very pleased with how the annuals are performing, filling all the gaps. The natives I planted a few months ago are powering ahead and I’m waiting, expectantly, to see them flower next spring. The new rain gauge sits forlorn and empty waiting to be tested. The Poinciana still has a few of the vibrant flowers on show.
I have been recording the “changing seasons” for a full year. (Here is January 2018) What a great way to keep a record of the garden. Thank you Su for hosting this challenge. There are many bloggers from all round the world joining this challenge, here is the link to see what they are all doing.