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And winter is officially here

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the June 24th, 2009

We celebrated the winter solstice with gluwein – seemed more appropriate than chilly champagne. It is both the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter. The main reason we were celebrating the solstice is because from here on the days will now start getting longer – yaaay. I still haven’t had frost yet and everything is green – but zero is predicted over the next few days so the nasturtiums will probably be black soon. My cauliflowers are forming heads so winter cauliflower soup is coming up soon to warm those chilly nights.

Said a sad farewell to the big old fig tree yesterday. It has been here since I moved into this garden in 1992. It has become too unruly in its small space and blocks precious sun. I am replacing it with a selection of citrus trees. It always saddens me to take a tree down, even when it becomes necessary.

June rain

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the June 19th, 2009

I have been hearing so many people say that is very unusual for Jhb to have rain in June. I thought I’d check back in my gardening diary to see what previous Junes looked like. In both 2007 and 2008 we had good rains (60 -65 ml) in early to mid June. So there is nothing strange about this “weird weather pattern . . ” Maybe it has changed from a few years ago but it is becoming a regular occurrence. All the more reason to keep a gardening diary . . .

Onto the next

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the June 15th, 2009

The contract for my next book has arrived! I never planned to write one book and now it looks like there will be two – maybe more . . .The process for this one will be different to the first, as I am bringing the knowledge of doing the first one to this one.
The grey miz weather of last week made me appreciate the return of our Jo’burg sun all the more. I really love our winter skies. I bought some groovy black and white polka dot gumboots today, although they really only come into their own during our summer rains. But I’ll wear them anyway to splash through non existent puddles.