Winter Solstice 2020

Poinsettia 1

Haiku 198

Winter Solstice morn

The shortest day of the year

Sun now returning

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To be honest, I can hardly say that the sun ever really left! Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with very mild winters.

Poinsettia 2

Here I’ve photographed my Poinsettia in a little morning mist. The plant is a good 6 metres (20 feet) tall, so basically a tree. I have to shoot from underneath and with my arm high above my head to try to capture the red leaves, technically called bracts.

Right now my garden is full of plants and shrubs in bloom.

The Sunbirds have returned to the Honeysuckle; the Camellia is filling up with large pink blooms; and of course, the Poinsettia is a lovely splash of red in a mostly green world.

Poinsettia 3

Still, it takes some getting used to, after growing up in the North of England, where you had real winters!

Also, most of my Readers live in the Northern hemisphere, where you will have just experienced the Summer Solstice and your longest day. Hopefully you have many more summer days to look forward to!

 

31 thoughts on “Winter Solstice 2020

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      Yes, I love sitting in my garden. After all, it’s not everywhere in the world that you can sit outside in mid-winter! πŸ˜€

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  1. scooj

    Lovely haiku. Poinsettias are such Christmassy plants here. Due for a bit of heat here in Bristol this week, up to 32 degrees on Thursday which is mad hot for us.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      I never cease to be amazed at the size of poinsettias over here – as my Mum used to have the tiny potted “Christmas Rose” every year!
      32C is very warm. I hope a bit of a breeze too, but anyway, an excuse for ice cream! πŸ˜€

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  2. long4h2o

    Living 1500 miles from either oceans, poinsettias grow in pots here and die in the winter if not taken inside. I envy your temperate climate as we hope our hot summers aren’t too long and our cold winters aren’t too long. Although we don’t dare complain because then we’ll be given winter and summer in the span of a week. πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Ah yes – we only want moderate weather, not the extremes! πŸ™‚
      My Mum always bought a Christmas Rose – a potted poinsettia – every December and it lived inside on the mantelpiece. πŸ™‚

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  3. Garfield Hug

    So nice to see a poinsettia tree! I only see potted poinsettias and they die after Christmas here in our sweltering 33C or 34C weather. Your tree looks so Christmassy! Never knew it could grow into a tree!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, I also only knew of little potted Christmas Roses that my Mum bought every December in the UK. I was amazed when I saw the size of them here – growing happily outside! πŸ˜€

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  4. Murphy's Law

    What a treat to see beautiful red Poinsettias. I love the dew drops on the petals. My plants are doing well, so far, because I keep them watered, but the lawn is brown and crunchy. I don’t water the lawn…..waste of resources.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      I am lucky that I don’t have to water the poinsettia – or most of the plants in my garden – just the ones in pots. πŸ™‚
      I used to water patches of lawn in summer when we had rabbits – so there would be green grass for them to eat – otherwise it is brown and crunchy like yours! πŸ˜€

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  5. quiall

    It is hot, hazy and humid here (38C yesterday) so your flowers are a breath of fresh air! That photograph of yours I said would make a great painting? I posted it a few days ago.

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