Happy Solstice

Even though the Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere isn’t for another 15 or so hours….this picture taken from my study window sums up the winter so far.


Frosty window and Eucalypt trees

After taking out his wrath on so many tender plants in the garden, another freezing morning has seen Jack Frost trying to get inside the house…..(!)

It’s very pretty…and I haven’t seen these sorts of frost patterns on glass since travelling in the US a few winters ago.

Happy gardening πŸ™‚


43 thoughts on “Happy Solstice

    • This year seems colder than last. It’s not record breaking, so most of the Eucalypts should be fine. I can’t say the same for many of the salvias and other tender plants though πŸ™‚


  1. A bit rainy here the last few days. The local community bonfire on Mid-Summer Eve was more a smokey heap than a rip-roarer, but I blame that on the persons handling the pyre setup for selecting green wood and not tarping it while it rained for 2 days! πŸ™‚ doh!

    Peak of the daylight hours today – 18:55:52, drops :02 tomorrow and then the slow slide downward to eventually reach 5:48:58 during the Winter Solstice 22 Dec.

    Have a happy day!
    ps: took some snaps of the neighbors lupine which are just growing wild and everywhere but don’t know how you’ll see them. :/

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    • Thanks Pauline! These last few weeks have been quite frosty….and I have only ever seen frost like that in the US (or the ski fields in Australia). Hopefully the plants will be tough enough to survive


  2. Wow, what a difference. We are getting winds and rain and warm moist air from Hurricane Bill this morning and you are getting frosted windows! Roasted my first beets this morning and picked the 6 string beans that were ready….stood in the garden and ate them! I love gardening!!

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  3. Happy Solstice! It always makes me a little sad this time of year knowing the days are going to start getting shorter. But we have months of good weather ahead of us here. I’m in no hurry to see the frost again however pretty!

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  4. It is cold isn’t it. Steve and I were only talking about how cold it has been so far this year compared to the mild winters we have had for the last 4 years. We walk our dogs at 5.30am (in the dark) so we are well aware of how cold it is and both of us look like refugees from a Russian block country at any given time when we are outdoors. Looks like we have more to come but a bit milder as it’s raining. Much appreciated by the poor frost chewed garden I am guessing πŸ˜‰

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    • So many plants are looking ratty at the moment….even though the nights are frosty, most days are above average at about 8C, so it’s quite strange weather. We’ve only had one tiny dusting of snow so far. But if previous el ninos are anything to go by, winter will be over by mid-august

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  5. I was hoping to position my solar-roller to get 10+ hours of water pumping activity on this the longest day of the year, but the fog rolled in and put a quick end to my ambitions. Now our days will be getting shorter already. Dang!

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  6. I hope you had a good winter solstice despite the cold Matt, Jack frost may paint pretty patterns but it always reminds me of dressing in a freezing unheated bedroom as a child, keep warm and I hope your poor plants survive, Frances

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    • Thanks Frances! It is odd to get these frost patterns on the window. Thankfully the house has heating, but it’s not in the bedrooms (deliberately so they don’t overheat) – although I wish it was all through the house on days like these! Many of the plants have been turned to a crisp, but they should recover in spring (fingers crossed!)


  7. I love frost patterns Matt, but that really does look chilly, just looked at Susie’s Summer post where they have temperatures of 100f, its a little odd to sit in my kitchen this morning watching your extremes of temperatures.

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    • It was a bit chilly – another -9C morning, but oddly the wind changed direction and the day ended up warming to 11C which is very warm for winter. The poor plants won’t know if they’re coming or going!


    • Thanks… unfortunately there have been quite a number of casualties, but this is all to be expected when establishing a garden. It keeps us busy and the seed merchants in business πŸ™‚


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