I find it hard to believe we are now into the second month of the second half of the year. For us here in Australia August is the last month of winter – spring starts officially on the first day of September. Early winter this year was unbelievably cold and July has been reported as being the warmest on record – to me it seemed cold so I’m not sure where I was on those days. To be fair we did have a few pleasant dry sunny days in the high teens (celcius) so maybe they contributed to the record! http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/eastern-australia-experiences-warmest-july-on-record/story-e6frfkp9-1226688944495
Some very low overnights coming up this week so the hotties will certainly be coming out at bedtime! We have a small wattle tree at the bottom of our garden visible from the kitchen window and when it blooms in the winter I feel ‘comfortable’ – doesn’t matter what’s it like – on a dull day or a bright sunny day – seeing those fluffy yellow balls there gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
From the deck – Dull day
In fact when I see any wattle bloom I usually smile – don’t ask me why – I just do :).
From the deck – sunny day
When I see winter bulbs flowering and realise the seasons are changing – it also follows that seeing the yellow wattles in winter means the season will change.
Might take a while but it will happen.
Little rounds of sunshine
So what does one do when all that sunshine in a different form is available for the taking – Well I usually bring some into the house along with azalea and camelias that might be out- just to give me the opportunity to smile on what could be a cold winter’s day 🙂
Did you know that of the 1300 species of Acacia 960 are native to Australia – we call them Wattle here in Australia. They are found in all states and about a third flower in winter
This is what I saw on a cold winter’s day several weeks ago when I pruned the roses A few little green shoots Just coming up – a hint of things to come 🙂 Then a few weeks later on a sunnier day – looking far more vigorous and healthy Then there were the bulging buds – a bigger hint – the beginnings of what was to come Well they’ve arrived – they promised and they are delivering It’s almost as if they are saying – ‘We’ve arrived and to prove it we’re here’ Even tho we are still having cold wet winter days Sights like this have to be a hint that Spring is not far away Don’t you think??
I don’t often show the right hand side of the kitchen windowsill – it has a fly screen on the window and the view can be a hazy. But would you look at that – dishes on the draining board means Catherine has actually stood there long enough to do some housework!!
Of course I don’t mind too much when it’s a lovely sunny day like Sunday was – and after this brief interlude in domesticity I was out the door and like a shot. The previous post tells you what I did and saw but when I told you I’d picked the first Spring Bulb I didn’t mention there were a few others bits flowering as well. Not enough for a flower basket (well I haven’t actually got one but it did paint a pretty picture didn’t it lol) but they did have to be carried indoors very carefully for the Kitchen Window Sill.
As well as the first tiny unnamed jonquil (similar to paperwhites), I found a single bit of Hebe, an early bud from one of the Camellias, a couple of Azalea blooms that had survived the rain and much to my delight the Bergenia plants are starting to flower. Is this a sign of Spring or are these just plants that love Winter? I’m hoping it’s my first thought 🙂
And of course there are the resident felines to consider – curly and his friends had been admiring the view since the beginning of last month so I gave Big Ears a treat and put him on there to keep them company.
Did you see Santa and the shells were also still sitting in the same place on the right hand side – not enough dust in the air for me to have to wipe it down therefore they have sat there un-noticed all this time lol
How’s your window looking these days – are there enough flowers to make you smile at the kitchen sink?