Have folks taken any special precautions to protect your plantings?
Any casualties yet?
I haven't gotten around to getting any automated irrigation going this year, and have a bunch of 1st year trees plus everything I had before. When its not too hot to be out there, I've tried to water - but dang its hot out there.
Hopefully my young grafts will survive. I had great success rate with my persimmon grafting, 100% so far except maybe the really thin chocolate scions that I collected. They're just leafing out though. Hopefully they don't mind a few days in the triple digits.
I have some seedling apples in pots so I moved them into the shade and within range of the lawn sprinklers. But I've already grafted most of them so I'm not all that attached to them.
I have been doing some deep watering on my young apples, pears, grapes, cornelian cherry and plums in the mornings.
But since this is probably the new normal, if something dies, that will just make space for something else that is more tolerant of heat.
So far not too bad. I probably lost my Cardinal persimmon, one of 2 Giombo grafts got knocked off by the wind. Some tips wilted and crisped on some things. The goumi went from starting to get fully ripe, to overripe and flaccid and it was looking like a bumper crop. The black currants fruit may be thrashed too.
Feijoa loved it and grew significantly, jujube seems unfazed. Young citrus seem to have liked the weather as well.
Dead new asparagus plants.
The newly grafted American persimmons thought it was awesome.
I just thought of a new procedure I'm going to try. When I go on vacation during this, the hottest part of the year,
I'm going to prop up panels of plywood in front of my plants, so they don't get heated so badly.
We'll see if it works when I get back.
Yeah, my persimmon grafts mostly seem to be doing pretty well.
The black currant crop is looking like a total loss 🙁
The jam I made last year took me well into spring.
Honeyberries have held up surprisingly well, and the blueberries too. Ripening earlier.
We went to the beach this weekend (Arch Cape). The branch tips of nearly all the evergreens within 10 miles of the beach are dead - the entire forest. Pretty shocking. Will be interesting to see if the trees recover. If not it will be a huge number of dead trees.
The plywood panels helped. Dave M's comment reminds me that I have noticed a huge number of native Rhododendrons looking burnt to a crisp. I have heard ecologists talk about a new group of "native" plants with the new climate system. We'll see what happens.
Keeping everything cool really improves success. Nobody ever thinks how proper managing of room temperature as we sleep at night inside our own walls can benefit us as gardeners but speaking for myself I can't tend to outdoors if I'm too hot during the day or too tired. So I count my fruit tree blessings to an air conditioner that works most of the time and when it doesn't I have to reflect all the sun away by drawing the blinds tight.
I also have an east facing brick exterior wall and a huge shade tree (turkish nut hazel) on the west. Here's how the brick works: The bright mornings absorb the BTU contents and delay the radiation heat from entering those east walls. Then by the time it's time to go to bed the bricks release the energy that was accumulated just at the cooler time of day when it's okay to open up my blinds and all the glass of every window that counts to me. One on the east and my own west side bedroom window allowing for the cross breeze (west-east) and stored energy to escape fast enough.