Here I am again back in the blogosphere! I ended up being away for longer than I thought and probably won’t be blogging as much or visiting you all at your blogs as much (at least in the short term), but I will try and peek in and say ‘Hi’ when I can.
You know what the great thing about this blog is? Well, it’s great that I can record what is happening in my garden and what I’ve learnt through trial and error (or what I haven’t learnt despite having done the same thing over and over), but best of all it can remember things for me!
I swear that I live life like a goldfish. Every baking hot february with the temperature stretching toward 40 degrees centigrade, I forget that it gets cold in winter. Well, yes I know it gets cold, but I forget that it can get toe curling, steamy breath, frozen windscreen and above all chilly toilet seat cold some days.
Likewise in July I have completely forgotten about days that can be so hot they can clear kill a tender green plant in one go. I forget sleepless cicada buzzing nights and sunburn under 5 minutes without a hat. The height of the seasons always come as a bit of a shock.
So, for posterity’s sake, things to remember about mid-winter in the Gippy Garden are:
1. We do get occasional hard frosts, enough to kill the new growth on the lemon tree (but the lemon tree is fine) and the Jacaranda sapling (which isn’t so fine).
2. In July lots of little self sown pansy and viola seedlings start to emerge. I read somewhere that some consider violas a weed, but nothing cheers me up in the garden faster than a little self sown ‘Johnny Jump Up’.
3. In July many of my camellias are coming into their best, especially the japonicas.
4. Clay mud is not so much fun to garden in. In summer I had visions of lots of cool but dry days to garden in. It has been a wet winter and digging around in the mud is a bit different to what I was anticipating!
5. Nothing sleeps for long. It is not that long since the trees lost all of their Autumn colour and yet there are signs of new life already emerging everywhere I look.
6. Earlicheers and Paperwhites are up and blooming (along with my first ever little crocus), hyacinths are almost there and many more daffies are on their way.
7. Our heating always breaks down in June/July. That is a very important note to myself!
What sticks in your mind most about your opposite season?