So recently, we went to the nursery to get a new eucalypt for the garden. We planted it and nurtured it, but weren't prepared for the burning heat we got in January. We came home to find the few leaves on the plant burnt. Despite that, the bunch of buds on the tree continued to grow-- albeit slowly, but surely. The nurseryman advised us to cut the buds off to give the tree a helping hand, but we just could not cut the buds off. Finally, one of the buds has opened.
2nd bud about to open-- it has a tiny cap on it that is about to pop off and the blossom spikes are all neatly tucked inside it ready to unfold. The burnt leaf can be seen in the background.
We are hoping that the poor tree will recover from the damage caused by the hot January weather. We have since bought a different eucalypt to add to the garden as well. So in a few years, we will get shade again in our backyard.