Winter Flowers 1 – Plumbago
A bleak mid-winter
While seasons keep on turning
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.
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!