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Four o’clock wilt

A pink four o’clock flower

This photo is of a four o’clock flower, so called because it would normally open around that hour, when it’s a bit cooler.

Here, things are rather different.

By four o-clock the sunshine has reached a golden phase, but is just as intense and penetrating.

The stone wall behind the plants has had 8 hours to absorb heat and is now throwing it back.

Having used up all the water they were sprayed with on the previous evening, the plants lose their turgidity and flop, defeated.

This is the hour at which they start to wilt, and if one day I didn’t notice and didn’t water them just at that turning point, they might be past salvation by the time of the general evening watering.

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