There have been losses. Geranium incana, supposedly a one drip plant, didn't manage to survive the brutal heat. Same with Euphorbia martinii. Even the ones in the shade dried out. I did hand water a few times to help the newbies that were in their first summer.
Looking at the ravaged garden, I think the trick is to try to focus on what has survived, a glass half full approach. Echiums, wattles, gums, lomandas and lots more are all ok. It's harder now for plants to get established. I used to move plants around as if they were furniture and didn't have roots. Now I'm trying to leave them if they're doing well and not be so fussy about the growing picture they make.
After a few hours rain everything has perked up. It's surprising and makes me happy to see how much has survived and recovered from stress.
I'm linking this post with GBBD - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, at May Dreams Gardens.
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