I am sure many in the western world at least will remember the cartoon dog character called ‘Droopy‘, a bloodhound. His deliberately slow demeanour but determination meant he always had the last word, always got what he wanted and as the sheriff always got his man. He may have been slow in his demeanour but often he moved at unlikely and impossible speed courtesy of the cartoonists. Really being droopy means that something is wrong. We all know the feeling when the weather is hot, humid and as a result overbearing. We wilt like flowers without water our energy sapped from our bodies and all we want to do is well, nothing, except perhaps to sit inside a fridge for relief. The weather hereabouts has been such that all I wanted to do was to cool off and keep out of the sun. It never happened though for much of the time I had been doing some garden maintenance, partly out of necessity and partly for something to do. If I did sit out I kept myself as far as possible in the more shady spots. I do sit in the full sunshine occasionally but not for long, say ten minutes or so is enough unless I have put sunscreen lotion on my more tender places. They are my shoulders, arms and breast, everything else I usually keep covered anyway. When once I would wear nothing but a swimming costume now has become a distant memory. I have the choice to fry in the sun or to remain comfortable and keep out of it. Plants however don’t have that luxury and even plants used to the climate in which they originated can still have problems with the weather. A lack of water results first in the leaves wilting then after prolonged dryness the leaves fall off one by one. The plant doesn’t die but it does die-back. During the dry spell we have been enjoying I have needed to water the garden plants very frequently, every day in fact. Well we had rain on Friday so it gave me a break from doing it but by Sunday afternoon after missing one whole day of watering a couple of the plants had begun to wilt. They quickly recovered after I had watered them but it just shows how dry the soil can get at this time of year. Parts of the garden stay moist longer of course but in one or two places in our garden the soil can get dry very quickly as they don’t always catch the rain if the wind isn’t from a favourable direction. I know just how the plants feel when they wilt, I do it all the time once the temperature rises above say eighteen degrees!