After the recent floods, cyclones are now striking Queensland and here at The Drip in Mudgee the temperatures are soaring. Day after day we are hitting thirty seven degrees Celsius or one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Last week we went over forty degrees Celsius. Where two months ago we had floodwaters, now we look down the valley into shimmering heat haze. The soil bakes. The main house at The Drip was designed primarily with climate change in mind and remains relatively cool even without air conditioning but out in the gardens many plants are suffering. So ... shade giving structures in the gardens become increasingly important.
In The Espaliery we will soon be planting new vegetable seedlings, protected by shadecloth and kept moist with drip irrigation on automatic timers. Time will tell if these strategies are successful.