It's been a warm and dry summer in Wellington. Until Christmas it was cool, even cold, but since the beginning of January it's been much warmer than usual and very dry. Warmer than usual in Wellington isn't what most people would call warm, but daytime temperatures have stayed in the mid-20s for weeks and some nights have been uncomfortably warm. We had a shower of rain, briefly, about three weeks ago, and the last one before that was probably two weeks prior. That's pretty unusual round here, and our plants aren't used to it.
|Pate, Schefflera digitata. The leaves aren't really wilting, but the swollen pulvinus at the petiole base has lost turgor, making the leaves hang down|
|Coprosma grandifolia wilting badly|
|Hangehange (Genisotoma ligustrifolium) leaves are dull and wilted.|
|These fern (Microsorum pustulatum) leaves were dull and wilted, with a slightly silvery sheen.|
|Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) starting to wilt. The leaves have curled and are hanging down.|
However, long term trends show pretty clearly that the climate is getting warmer almost everywhere, and it seems that last year, and this one so far, are way warmer than even that trend would have predicted. You'd have to be pretty out of touch not to have seen the evidence in the form of temperature graphs in the news or on line.
Anyway, locally and for now the good news is that today the rain is here, and it's cold. I don't know if this rain is a drought-breaker, but with the cooler seasons approaching I guess we can expect more of it.
Did I find pigeonwood in fruit? Yes, thanks; I did.
|Pigeonwood (Hedycarya arborea) fruits.|
How long will it be before I start complaining about the rain and cold?