Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spring has sprung

There is still officially a week and a half of winter to go, but no one has told the trees and the flowers.  In the last week spring has most definitely sprung in Canberra.

While the mornings are still cool enough to warrant a coat, by the afternoon temperatures have risen to a point where you forget it, leaving it on the office coat stand to be cursed about the next morning.  Recent rain has given the plants something to feed on and this week is warm and sunny enough to enable washing to be line dried.

With this perfect growing weather avenues of blossom trees have broken out, the scent of one stand just up the road from my office is incredibly heady and they are buzzing with bees.  The willows behind the lake have taken on the soft green fuzz of new leaves and bare branches everywhere have taken on the reddish hue that shows the sap is flowing and greenery is about to appear.

In my garden the daffodils are putting on a gorgeous show.  The fancy doubles stand above minis and there is one especially lovely white and yellow one that guards over all the rest.  They catch the sun from morning to afternoon and just glow.  It really is a beautiful time of year.


  1. In Perth too :) It got to 26'C on Sunday! Albeit 26'C followed by a storm, but you take what you can get...

    It's probably not too long until I start complaining about the heat :P

  2. Good point Kari! I should probably keep a tally of how long it takes me to write a "thank god for air conditioning" post, however that probably won't be till January.

    Every year Canberra warms up enough to lull the newcomers into a false sense of security. As soon as they have put away the winter doonas and jumpers we have a cold snap. Us long termers know about false summer and wait it out.

  3. I'm hanging out for more sun in Sydney. It was teasing me last week.

    But yes, this is a lovely time of year.

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  4. SSG The sun has made an appearance in Canberra, however it seems to have taken on the public service mentality that it only works 5 days a week. I love the rain and all, but why can't it rain while I'm confined to the office and give me sunny weekends?

  5. I have two daffodils in my garden atm, they never cease to cheer me up :)

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  7. I'm loving my garden at the moment. The roses are weeks ahead of where they should be (the birches and oaks are refusing to get on board this new-fangled "spring in august" idea and are sulking with each other about these upstart youngsters)...but the bulbs and the flowering trees and the violets are all having a fabulous time.