Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The End of Winter?

This has been a very unusual winter, so far.

In this country, we consider winter to be from the beginning of June until the end of August. 
September 1st is celebrated as the first day of spring.

However, with 3 weeks of August left to go, spring seems to have already begun. 
The last couple of weeks have been fine, dry and sunny, with daytime temperatures 
around 16 or 17 degrees, at least in the northeast of the country where I live. 

Leaves are opening on the trees, birds are displaying mating behaviour, blossoms 
are blossoming, lambs and calves are visible everywhere. 
It all seems so early!

Of course there's plenty of time left for nasty southern storms to come through. 
Time yet for frosts and floods, cold and sleet. 
If that does happen, it will almost seem reassuring.

Finally, the garden is getting established in our new house. 
The above is a photo of the first camellia (and the first plant) to bloom in my new garden.

I'm really enjoying the lovely weather. It just feels... strange.

Spring is the time of plans and projects.
~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina


  1. We are also in the midst of the same odd weather. Our July set records for its mildness, and each day more and more things burst into bloom. I am expecting a cold snap yet though.
    I love your camellia - the first of many...

  2. Cute shot! the written written informative and very well.

  3. We've had one of the driest June on record (no measurable rain at all) and the hottest July on record. For a change, I'm actually looking forward to fall and winter this year. Nice picture, even if they are a little early.

  4. You'll have butterflies in your garden, soon enough!


  5. How beautiful, what delicate color!

  6. We're having a very mild winter over on this side of the ditch, too. I hope it doesn't mean we're in for a very hot summer!

    Personally, I want a bit more of winter before summer hits!


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