So at last winter is over. Thankfully, the month of August ended with a few warmer than usual days, which was great, to lift the mood. I was really over winter, and the warmer days were exactly what I needed, to get me enthusiastic about life again. It happens every year, that I get gloomier and gloomier by the time we get to August. By then, any novelty there is to winter, is well and truly over, and I’m starting to yearn for warmth.
Due to the brutal winter, I spent less time in the garden than usual. In previous winters the weather hasn’t kept me from the garden. I’m usually happy to be out there, whatever the weather or the season. Eventually, I knew I just had to bite the bullet, and brave the cold and wet weather, as the weeds were quickly multiplying by the day. I’ve always said that the hours spent in the garden in winter, make gardening easier in spring, so it was time to get busy. Winter in the garden, in Central Victoria, is mostly about surviving the frosts, keeping tidy and waiting for the awakening in spring.
Other than weeding, there’s been the vegie garden to get ready for spring/summer planting. At the moment in the vegie garden there are snow peas, sugar snap peas, three varieties of lettuce, bok choy, spring onions, silverbeet, cabbage and potatoes.
I’ve spent a large amount of time tidying up, dividing and feeding the irises, ready for spring flowering. This is a job I love as I find it quite relaxing.
Early in the winter, all the succulents were tucked away in the hot house where they will stay for a few more weeks.
I can’t show you lots of pretty flowers in this post, as the garden is dormant for the winter, causing everything to look very boring. But I’m happy to say that we do have a few signs that spring is not too far away.
There have also been the roses to prune. Most of the roses here are young so pruning isn’t time consuming. I find pruning the roses to be another relaxing job.
Regional Victoria has been in lockdown for most of August, so it’s been a quiet month. We are restricted to only going 5k from home, including for exercise. I’ve still been able to walk, as we have the Bendigo National Park at our front gate, but unfortunately cycling is out for now. It really isn’t worth getting the bike out for such a short distance. Covid is back with us again, and looks like getting out of control, so a visit to my son and grandchildren in Queensland is doubtful in 2021.
While in the garden, I seem to have got into a routine of listening to the Premier’s press conferences updating virus information. I’m not sure that I will continue to do this, as it’s beginning to become quite stressful.
I had my second vaccination during August, and was surprised at how relieved and grateful I felt to be fully vaccinated.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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