Climate Change, Global Warming, El Nino and Frangipanis

Happy New Year! Best wishes to everyone for a great 2016!

Last month, I watched on tv, news of the devastating fires in WA, VIC and SA. Many parts of NSW and QLD are also starting to feel the effects of drought. We were warned that this summer could be the driest on records because of the approaching El Nino.

The number of climate change sceptics are dwindling as we see clearer evidence of global warming. Every time we enter into a dry spell, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep lawns green and garden plants alive. With more important matters such as keeping livestock watered and fed, guarding against bushfires and everyday living, gardens often get neglected.

When rain eventually falls, most plants will bounce back and seeds from our preferred grasses will start to reappear along with unwanted weeds. Frangipanis are one of the most drought tolerant plants and for this reason can be left alone during a drought and are very likely to survive. In fact, driving around Brisbane after a dry spring and seeing all the large frangipani trees looking green and having more flowers than usual is amazing.

The larger the frangipani tree and longer it has been in its current position, the more drought resistant it will be. Frangipanis planted within 2 years or less than 2 metres tall will most likely need hand-watering, if there is no rain for a few weeks or more.

It’s easy to regret some past plant choices when we are in the middle of a drought but there are no regrets with choosing a frangipani.