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Notes from a global warming garden

In her article in Australian Garden History, vol. 32, no.3, January 2021, Susan Marsden drew on diary entries to record how she and her partner adapted their Adelaide garden in the face of the climate crisis. She explains how global warming has forced them to adapt not only to more dry and hot times but also to extreme cold and a rising incidence of floods:

Nineteenth-century British émigrés had good reason to collect hot climate plants, seeds, bulbs and cuttings at South African and South American ports on their sea journeys to South Australia. Nearly two centuries later many of those well-adapted plants flourish in our global warming garden, including the South American jacarandas, Chinese lanterns, brugmansia and begonias, and the South African bird of paradise, arum lilies, agapanthus and day lilies. Succulents are also making a big come-back. I found they were the only plants to survive summer in terracotta pots.

Image: Repeat plantings of the robust ‘Pride of Madeira’ (Echium candicans) produce a spectacular display of blue flowers every spring. We’ve also planted daisies, day lilies, agapanthus and geraniums
as well as small eucalypts and many other native plants under the old sugar gums (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) planted long ago.

You can get the full article here: https://www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au/product/agh-vol-32-no-3-january-2021/