Today was a little warmer. At 10am it was 3 degrees, up a degree on yesterday morning. And this afternoon it was 13 deg when I was pruning roses. I was wearing my fluffy jumper which keeps me snug when the temperature is a single figure, but when I started to work up a sweat I had two choices: take off the jumper or go inside (Canberra houses are cold, even with the heating on).
Around the rose bushes there are a number of deciduous trees looking very bare right now. An idea came to me to put down my secateurs and take a photo or two of the leafless limbs, which made me think about a curious contrast: when winter comes I don more and more layers while the trees shed every single leaf.
The mass of bare branches behind me in the photo is a crepe myrtle that emerged from the lawn shortly after we moved into this house many moons ago. The previous owner had shorn it off at the ground and assumed he’d executed it and death was certain. Well, you can’t keep a good crepe myrtle down. You can see how large it is now! In summer it’s pretty in pink and drops a lovely blanket of flowers on the grass below.
I got a lot of work done today, pruning rose bushes, sweeping dead leaves off the deck, mopping floors and more. Here’s another benefit of living in Canberra – low temps make me a high achiever.
4 Replies to “Winter in Canberra – 2”
I agree, it is so much easier gardening in cool weather and I love your artistic photo, Trish. Crepe myrtles are indeed prolific, sometimes even sending up offspring some distance from the parent. Ours, also pink flowering, even has wonderfully rich red autumn leaves before they fall.
Thanks for mentioning the crepe myrtle offspring. I’ve got a plant growing in the garden close by that looks like a baby one. Don’t know whether to let it grow or not.
My gardening guru says to cut a sucker off just below ground level, if you don’t want it.
Thanks for the hint. Clearly it can’t grow if it can’t see the sun. I’m like that.
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