Seasonal Change:

Turn, turn, turn. Michelle W.

Seasons change so quickly! Which one do you most look forward to? Which is your least favourite.

Winter is a time of consolidation. A time to think about those over stuffed cupboards and giving excess to the op shop. Mulching leaves for the compost heap and making sure the compost heaps are full and prepared for spring. Pruning, weeding, planting and always being surprised by winter colour. When the garden is seen to, there is writing; a perfect occupation for rainy days. At night sitting in front of the fire knitting, what could be more pleasant? I wonder how long we’ll be allowed to have a fire? I feel privileged to have experienced such heating, as soon it will be a thing of the past.

Every season has its own special attributes. If I had to choose my least favourite, it would be the very hot days of summer, when it is over 40 degrees.

Here are some photos of some of my winter pursuits:

Shade cloth removed and sugar cane mulch applied.

Shade cloth removed and sugar cane mulch applied.

Broad beans

Broad beans

winter flowering camelia

winter flowering camelia

Budding cineraria to brighten a shaded area.

Budding cineraria to brighten a shaded area.

All year colour

All year colour

Lisbon lemon tree

Abundant Lisbon lemon tree

Geranium

Geranium

Hanging succulent

Hanging succulent

Knitted cat for Hazel.

Knitted cat for Hazel.

Lipstick Acer ready for planting, to replace fallen tree.

Lipstick Acer ready for planting, to replace fallen tree.

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16 thoughts on “Seasonal Change:

    1. bkpyett Post author

      I do hope you can fit in a lemon tree Hilary. I’ve planted one in all of the many houses I’ve lived in. The Lisbon is my favourite. There are miniature citrus growing in pots now, would that work for you?

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      1. hilarycustancegreen

        It might. The greenhouse is a lean-to barely 50 cms wide and 365 cms long, with doors at both ends and no heating. I could keep a lemon outside from June to October and wrap it in fleece during the worst frosts… we’ll see.

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  1. Master of Something Yet

    What will you do with all those lemons? I picked up knitting needles for the first time in many years a few weeks ago to knit a beanie for a friend’s little boy. I used to knit all the time when my boys were small. I didn’t realise how much I had missed it. Looking for more projects now (if I can find the time!).
    Your garden looks lovely as always, Barbara.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Thanks H, the garden has always something to catch my attention. I haven’t knitted for ages, and have since started my second project which feels very rewarding! Hope you get just as much satisfaction as I do!! The lemons get shared around and our adult children love them.

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  2. bkpyett Post author

    A pleasure to share it with you Janet. New England sounds fascinating to me, as that was where the Quakers arrived, I think? It’s lovely to share our worlds.

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  3. auntyuta

    We have cold, rainy days here right now. Your post, dear Barbara, makes me feel I should try to make the most of cold winter days. I feel a bit guilty that I do not make the best use of short winter days right now. I like all your pictures. They’ve given me a lift on a gloomy, rainy day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your pictures. 🙂

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      1. auntyuta

        Right, I tend to sleep a bit longer in winter. These cold, long dark nights make me feel rather tired. Often I do not wake up before 7 o’clock because it is still so dark outside. In summer I never do sleep past 6 o’clock. And often I get up long before 6 o’clock with the first bit of light. I say I am looking forward to the nights soon becoming shorter again and the sun rising a bit earlier! 🙂

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      2. bkpyett Post author

        I think that is the joy of winter being able to sleep in a bit! We’re nearly at the shortest day though, and then we’ll notice the changes. 🙂

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  4. Cynthia Jobin

    I agree….summer, especially when the humidity is high, is my least favorite season. I love spring and fall, both quite glorious in New England. Autumn is especially gorgeous. Winter, as you say, is cozy…time to knit, and muse by a fire…..time for recollection, and collection of one’s thoughts…..I try to imagine what it is like in the southern hemisphere. Thank you for showing me some of that!

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