Whilst some of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying your Summer and seeing your gardens bloom, we, in the Southern Hemisphere are in the middle of Winter. We can’t complain really, as by most standards it’s quite mild. At this time of year it’s usually around 15 degrees Celsius as a daytime top temperature and about 8-10 degrees overnight. This year in Melbourne we had a cold snap for night time temps when it was between 2 and 4 degrees for a whole week! I know that might sound pretty reasonable to some of you, but we’re just not geared up properly for the cold like you are so it was a bit nippy. The days were lovely and sunny though – clear skies with no wind and we’ve had temperatures reaching 18 and 19 degrees. We haven’t had rain for nearly a month, which is very unusual in our part of the country – I’m contemplating giving the plants a bit of a water in fact. I think we all know that weather patterns are changing and being more erratic – we’ve seen it all over the world.
Today I finally pruned my roses in the front garden. It’s a month later than it should have been and the new growth was already starting to sprout! I hope I’ll still get some lovely roses in the Spring!
Here are some photos of our very barren looking front garden after the pruning!
And of course we can’t forget the doggies at this time of year. They had new jumpers this week and they seem very pleased with themselves. They are all, as I write, snuggled in their respective bean bags with their fleecies on – the central heating is on too, mind you!
For those of you in the Southern half of the world, stay warm, and for those in the North, I hope you are having a pleasant Summer and you are getting some time to be outside with your families, your pets and your plants!