The Winter Solstice 2021

Winter Flowers 1 – Plumbago

Haiku 250

A bleak mid-winter

While seasons keep on turning

Another solstice


Winter Flowers 2 – Poinsettia

Today, Monday 21 June 2021, is the winter solstice down here in South Africa. It is the shortest day, the longest night, of the year. For most of my readers however, it is quite the reverse, as you reach mid-summer in the northern hemisphere.

Winter Flowers 3 – Lavender

For us, the sun will now start returning; though to be honest, I can’t say it’s ever been far away!

Winter Flowers 4 – Honeysuckle

However, winter proper has yet to come. July and August are the coldest, wettest months in Cape Town. Actually, I hope we do get some decent rain, as once again, our “rainy” season has been fairly dry so far.

Winter Flowers 5 – Viola

Dotted among the text in this post, are photos from my garden.

You would hardly know it is winter!


post script: A bleak mid-winter refers to one of my favourite Christmas carols; In the bleak mid-winter.Β 


For those interested: Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate; warm wet winters and dry hot summers. However, South Africa is very big and other parts of the country have completely different climates. Some places north of the Western Cape have snowfalls in winter and many places are much colder. Johannesburg, 1400km to the north of CT, has hot wet summers, but cold dry winters. When we lived there the temperatures dropped to minus 8C one winter, and the fountains froze in town!


25 thoughts on “The Winter Solstice 2021

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Wonderful poem and photos and many days lately I’m trying to figure out what month it as these seasons keep on turning. Enjoyed learning about the different climates and love all the beautiful color.πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      And that’s what my Mum always felt too – “Now the nights start drawing in!”
      I never minded winter up in the north of England. It didn’t last long and the seasons were short and varied. πŸ˜€

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  2. Tokens of Companionship

    As Bob said, your post is a lovely way to start the day! Our solstice occurred at 11:32 last night, but I was well asleep by then. πŸ™‚ Our forecast today is for hot and muggy (89 F). Your day will probably be much more pleasant!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      Wow, that is a hot day! We’ve had a balmy 22C (71F) the last 2 days, with Berg winds – and hopefully bringing rain tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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  3. oldmainer

    Such a beautiful post to begin the day and the week. Kind of messes with my head though that it is winter. Looks like summering in Maine and wintering in CT would be the best of both worlds.

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    1. Murphy's Law

      I’m with you Oldmainer! Impossible to look at these photos and think “winter”! πŸ€— Our winters here in the Hudson Valley, NY are both ugly and nasty. You sure won’t see any flowers!

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Thank you for starting my week off with pictures of your lovely flowers. They are all so beautiful. It’s hard to look at those photos and think winter.

    Sure hope your area gets ample rainfall. Plants don’t ask for much…..some sun, some rain, some weeding. And in return they give us such joy!

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