Saturday, June 14, 2014

Roses in winter

I've never seen this before, roses & daphne blooming at the same time. It's winter here in Melbourne, although it's been very mild over the last few months.
I was amazed to notice buds on my roses the other day, just as I was thinking about pruning them. This morning, I was more amazed to see that a few of them had blossomed. If this isn't a sign of a change in the climate, or at least the coming of another El Nino weather system, I don't know what is.

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  1. Isn't it weird? We still have roses blooming too and a friend of mine is still picking tomatoes.

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    1. I bought Black Russian tomatoes at the farmer's market this morning, also very late, I'd have thought. The man selling strawberries was there as well & I don't remember seeing him past May at the latest in earlier years. I don't fancy strawbs in winter so didn't buy any but they were there if I'd wanted them.

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  2. So that's daphne. Reminds me of the moment in Louisa May Alcott's An Old-Fashioned Girl, when Polly takes daphne to her friend Fanny who is delighted and says it will give odor to her camellias.

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    1. It's one of the most sweetly scented plants I know, Diana, so it would definitely give scent to camellias which have no scent at all. Along with lavender & freesias, it's one of my favourite scents.

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