Wednesday, May 16, 2018

We've had shocking wind

The wind last week did serious damage to our lush and glorious garden, which consists of a permanent potted plant and an annual potted plant on the balcony. I am not knowledgeable about using the camera's macro setting. I might have taken better photos from a distance and then cropped in the salient bits. Never mind. Perhaps you can see the damage the wind made.

This plant has never been damaged by wind, yet it has been this time if you look closely. No matter really. This winter it will be severely cut back. It was a gift from our Friend in Japan some twenty plus years ago, and we gave it away when we moved here, only to ask for it back.


This is awful. Our lovely cyclamen had its fresh looking flowers standing nicely erect. Now they are all over the place, and the edges of the flowers are all 'burnt'. I am not sure that it will look as good as it did, with time. Yes, nothing worse than bad wind.

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  1. You have a crown of thorns plant!
    The cyclamen will recover, just snip off the flowers as they die, they may have soon drooped anyway, don't they do that naturally after a while? I had a cyclamen that looked near dead in its pot, but lived another couple of years after I planted it in the semi shade under a tree, we were living in Sydney at the time.

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    1. River, yes I do deadhead them when the flowers droop, but these flowers were lasting so well. Interesting about keeping them. Mother has tried that but it was too hot here for them.

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  2. Wind can be a destructive beast can't it? The only one of our tree dahlias in bloom was snapped in half by wind a few days ago. I suspect frost will kill off the others.

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    1. EC, what a shame. They don't do too badly here.

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  3. Like River says.... whip off the old cyclamen flowers and all will be well.
    Yes it was windy but a tree in my backyard that I thought would have branches down ,,, did not! Never can tell ! LOL

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    1. Lady J, you've heard of widow makers? That is trees that don't drop limbs when you expect them to but when it is very still.

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  4. Bring the potted plants inside for the winter. If that is impossible, cover the poor little wind-blown sods as best you can in situ.

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    1. Hels, I did bring the cyclamen in eventually, but it was too late. It is too warm inside here for a cyclamen to last well. The other plant is hardy as old boots, except this time.

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  5. Oooo, la la! Stick em in the bathroom, they'll recover.

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    1. Again Jayne, I think it would be too warm for the cyclamen. The otther will be cut right back this year, so it doesn't matter much.

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  6. I don't know what all the fuss is about; both plants look perfectly fine to me!

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    1. Cro, due to my poor photographic skills.

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  7. Andrew, With that top plant I wonder if you were to just remove the few ruined flower heads and then maybe it might recover.
    Those leaves on it look quite thick, almost like on a an indoor Rubber plant.
    That reminds me... it's time to get some Summer bedding plants.

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    1. Dee, as above. The second one is the one that upsets me.

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  8. I'm not good with plants at all, but these look so lovely and bright! It's pretty amazing that you've had it for 20+ years! Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks RO. I reckon, when I think about it, we've had it since about 1985. You can do the math, or as we say, the maths.

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  9. I hope your flowers recover from the "beating".

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    1. I suppose they will, Sami. Thanks.

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  10. You have had a potted plant for over twenty years???? I stand in awe.
    Sorry you had the winds. I'm betting they bounce back.

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    1. Sandra, probably longer. It is a tough plant.

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  11. I think wind is even worse than heat for plants, unless it's hot wind, then it can be deadly! Made me laugh at the giving away of the plant only to ask for it back, after all that time I can't believe you gave it away, would be like giving away a family member 😀😀

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    1. Grace, it was one of many we gave away when we moved here, but after some time, we thought it would do well here on the balcony, and we were right.

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  12. Lay off the baked beans, Andrew!!!!

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    1. Haha Lee. They don't really affect me.

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  13. Wind, oh wind!
    Does heaps of damage to plants. Just think of those people who put their new bought plants out in the open and drive along, by the time they get home the wind has burnt the leaves and flowers if any, and sometimes stripped those leaves.
    Your cyclamen will recover and remember to put it inside in the next big wind.
    I can't seem to keep the cyclamens in flower so don't get them anymore, but they are indeed pretty.

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    1. Margaret, yes, I have seen so many of those plants travelling at speed and it is disastrous for them. We bought a good one with lots of flowers growing and are starting to open now. I have removed the worst wind damaged flowers.

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  14. Ok, if you say so Andrew, but they look ok to me, not that damaged. Um, did trees come down in your shocking windstorm? Or something?

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    1. They did look so much better, Strayer. I'm not aware of trees coming down. Our is naturally inclined to come from the south and south west as this wind did, so things have a pretty good tolerance to wind from that direction. It is strong winds from other directions that do them in.

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