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Glorifying Winter


As I write, it is just after 9 am, Saturday morning, and I’m about to head out into the garden.That’s where I’ve been for the last two days. My aching muscles and joints are a small price to pay for the end result of what I am involved in, preparing the garden for the wedding of my youngest son and his beautiful bride-to-be.

So here it is, August 1st, the last month of winter here in Australia, and the sun is shining, the skies are a brilliant shade of blue, the highest temperatures this week have reached around twenty-two degrees Celsius and even the newest plants in my garden are already in flower! What a magical time of year this is.

I’ll only add one photo today, which shows the purple flower of my Tibouchina tree, right outside my front door. The surrounding pink is the flowers of a potted Azalea. I have a number of young Azalea bushes in the garden, both in the ground and in pots, and all are in bloom right now. As much as I would like to think that they will still be in flower for the wedding in early September, I doubt that they will be. I’m also confident that my garden will have flowering plants galore though, to compensate for the lack of Azalea blooms.

During July I have been catching up with my blogging friends, becoming reacquainted with some I had lost contact with, and also discovered new blogs and made some new friends. I have discovered a new and very happy rhythm with blogging, I like it a lot, and intend continuing with more of the same from now on.

Okay, I’ve already changed my mine about adding only one photo. I took a photo of the July “Blue Moon” last night, just before coming back indoors from my day of gardening. I can’t leave that photo out, can I? The moon sat so low in the sky that it hid behind a palm tree leaf, and I quite like the silhouetted image.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

The Baby Shower last Saturday, that I mentioned at the end of a post the day before the event, was a huge success and I took so many photos, which I will share here next week. For now though, I must return to the garden, where the men are working on the “heavy stuff” and I will continue with my weeding, mulching and re-arranging. I have already lined up one of my daughters to go plant shopping with me next weekend, which is always a highlight of the gardening experience. Emma and I have our little ritual, she loves to choose the plants with me, and when we arrive back home again, she will make me cups of tea whilst I do the planting. No dirt under the finger nails for my girl! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend, and I hope the sun is shining as brightly on your world as it is on mine. ❤

13 thoughts on “Glorifying Winter

    1. That temperature would be very unpleasant here as well, Carol. When it reaches that high in summer here it is always accompanied by humidity, my main summer dislike. It’s great weather for us now though, you are right! 🙂


    1. I live in far northern New South Wales, Frank, right near to the coast, and just south of the border of Queensland. The Gold Coast, which you may have heard of, is only ten minutes drive away.


  1. Love your moon shot! I’ve never heard of a tibouchina tree before – its flower is such a pretty shade of purple. Flowers blooming in winter must indeed be magical because azaleas only bloom in the summer here. 🙂 It will be fun to see what’s blooming in time for the wedding pictures and then you will reap so much pleasure from all your hard work.

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    1. Oh yes, you are so right Barbara, it will be wonderful to see the garden looking lovely on such a very special day. And I will be sharing photos here for everyone to see, of course. 🙂


  2. The purple flower is very beautiful. Winters arrive very early in Australia? The moon there is brilliantly captured. Keep sharing your stories, Joanne, its nice to read from you.

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    1. Our winter doesn’t really start where I live until about June, and by the end of August we are wearing summer clothes again, so we have a very short time with cool weather here. I live in a sub-tropical region, but there are hotter areas in the north of Australia where they don’t even have cool weather at all!

      Thank you so very much for your lovely words, Sonali, you are very kind. ❤

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  3. Pretty exciting (and maybe stressful?) to host a wedding. It is good incentive to get the garden in tip-top shape and you’ll be able to enjoy it for the rest of the summer. You’ll have to post shots of the progress. 🙂 Your moon shot is very artistic, its got pizzazz!

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