Winter Solstice Colour:

Pink Salvia

Pink Salvia

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Pink Camelia

Pink Camellia

Can you spot the tiny red orchid?

Can you spot the tiny red orchid?

Perennial Basil

Perennial Basil

Camellia, 'Donation'

Camellia, ‘Donation’

Nemesia

Nemesia

Tarragon

Tarragon

Out of focus fuchsia with the Bragmansia still flowering before the first frost.

Out of focus fuchsia with the Bragmansia, behind, still flowering before the first frost.

Tomorrow is the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere; this day was celebrated in years gone by. Now, day by day, the days will lengthen. We haven’t had our first frost yet, being close to the coast. This will happen and cold days will continue, even with the surprise cold days into October. Spring bulbs are beginning to shoot already.

21 June is a day of friend’s birthdays. So Happy Birthday to Janet, Sandy, Des and Leonie!

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14 thoughts on “Winter Solstice Colour:

  1. Outlier Babe

    Barbara, I know no poetry by heart any longer–not since my teens–but your garden posts always make me think of that opening line of Byron’s: “She walks in beauty…”

    Who cares if he didn’t mean bare-roots and bulbs? You DO walk in beauty, and you share with us, and so we do, too. Thank you for that.

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  2. auntyuta

    The days getting longer again is definitely cause for celebration, Barbara. Here in the coastal area of NSW we never get any frost. But at nighttime the outside temperature can drop a bit below 10 C. We need a lot of heating to keep the inside temperature not too much below 20 C. In summer I like to get up early in the morning and go out to enjoy the morning sun. The winter sun, even at around midday, doesn’t warm much at all. We’ve had a lot of rain the last few weeks but at least not much wind. So it is not too bad.
    It is amazing how much colour you could still find in your garden. You took some beautiful winter pictures, Barbara. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Great to hear from you auntyuta, I think you are in the subtropics, and the seasons are not quite as diverse. When I lived in the tropics 16 degrees felt cold!! It’s amazing how the body adapts to different regions. ❀

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      1. auntyuta

        You are right there, Barbara, it often feels like we live in the subtropics now. And 16 degrees feels definitely quite cold to me. Also, I think, with advancing old age I do feel the cold more than I used to! πŸ™‚

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      2. bkpyett Post author

        We’ve started wearing woollen long johns underneath, plus a couple of woollen jumpers. I now find I wake in bed with cold knees, even though the rest of me is warm! Maybe a sign of getting older…..?

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