The weather gods are trying to help us out here with some brief nightly drizzle. I doubt it does much of a difference when it comes to wetting the ground, but it does give hope that a good downpour is just around the corner. And at the moment, I think that hope will be fulfilled tomorrow.

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3.5mm of rain has accumulated this week. We have a high of 32.4dC and low of 8.7dC. There were some gusty wind warning for Banks Peninsula yesterday but we were lucky to be spared the brunt of it here.

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Somehow, the clovers are coping slightly better than the grasses in this dryness. Certain trees are starting to show some signs of stress but that’s fine, I will prune the almonds back when they are dormant and they will rebound with vigour next season. Plenty of mulch definitely.

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I bought one of those Aquasolo microporous ceramic cone for automatic irrigation. What would be really nice is an un-glazed pot. Anyway, you are suppose to just fit the cone onto a water bottle and poke it into the ground, I have bring it a step further, and retrofit it to a 20L container, irrigation fittings and all. That should keep the wee watermelon vine happy.

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Another pumpkin.

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The flowers of Globe Artichokes are truly spectacular, a giant thistle flower.

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The Nikau Palm got an upgrade to a larger pot.

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This season’s top crop goes to the tomatoes!

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The Orchard Cottage this week. The wee nightly sprinkles has definitely helped to put a green tinge on the hills. I’m also considering getting a second vehicle as insurance in case the existing one breaks down and I will be stranded. A single cab ute with a lot of space at the back to truck mulch and compost and what not will be absolutely awesome.

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