The Shortest Day of the Year

Today is the shortest day of the year here in Sydney, Australia.  Sunrise to sunset from 7:00 a.m – 4:54 p.m. at 8ºC – 17ºC.  It is mild and the flowers in my garden are blooming regardless of being in mid winter.


Salvia Van Houttei seems to enjoy the cooler weather.  This one is in an 8″ pot and over 1m wide.


The zygocactus flowers in winter; that’s why they call it Christmas cactus above the equator.


This abutilon needs severe pruning to keep it tidy.


This abutilon is a hybrid of a more compact form


The pink May bush (Spirea) has been flowering for months and shows no sign of resting


The Arabian Jasmine was pruned back quite hard but is asking for another trim

And the citrus trees all have fruit on them.


Sour ‘Mock Seville’ for marmalade


Eureka Lemon

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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10 Responses to The Shortest Day of the Year

  1. Amazing – am I to understand that this is unusual?

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Your garden is so beautiful. It must be nice to live where the winter solstice sees blooming things…

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  3. Now this is my idea of winter solstice! But my ‘Christmas cactus’ has got me through many a cruel midwestern winter. Oh, and it’s really fun to say that my birthday is on the summer AND winter solstice, depending on your hemisphere. (Incidentally, my favorite birthday gift from yesterday? A Maslin pot…) :)

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  4. gaiainaction says:

    Wonderful photos Mary, a lot going on in your garden. I see that of course all the citrus trees are bearing fruits, that is like mid winter on Gozo – I had forgotten that. Your winter temperatures seem good too. Your mid winter is of course our mid summer!

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