Deep Winter Blooms

Up here on the Mount, winters are very interesting indeed. While the rest of the surrounding area is bathed in sunlight, here we wallow in mist and cloud cover. It’s not so bad really. I love the cold and especially the distinctive half-light of the mountain. Ten years ago it was during July when we first saw this house and garden. It was the the shimmering droplets of rain on the trees and winding pathways which attracted us the most.

However, the mountain is ever changing. Just when we think it cannot get any greyer, the garden invites us to admire its unexpected colour. In deep winter, bursts of colour illuminate the low light.

This little begonia has been flowering for months. However, apart from this. The natural cycle from dormancy to delight begins.

The weeping apricot which we see from our lounge rooms window has begun to transform itself.



Further down the path, this giant, pink camellia has burst into bloom.


Yes, it’s all pinks at the moment!
Hellebores are coming to life. They are the true winter rose!

More pink camellias.

But wait – I spot a red one!

Tulip bulbs are ready of go!

The view from the back yard deck in winter.

Despite the lack of sun shine, the vegetable patch seems to be thriving, albeit it, slowly.

To our northern hemisphere readers, enjoy your wonderful summer. As we keep the heaters running and the wood chopped here on Mount, we can glimpse the preludes to Spring.

How’s your summer or winter experience?

About crabandfish

The everyday and the extraordinary loves of life. We have a one acre cold zone garden in the mountains of rural Victoria, Australia. This blog chronicles its ever changing nature. We also love traveling and writing, our cats, our chickens, the sea, cooking, and of course, our garden.
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5 Responses to Deep Winter Blooms

  1. Esther Healy says:

    And winter on the Mount also brings Indian curries, bought to the people on the Mount, by way of a caravan outside the Trading Post, on chilly Thursday nights! Yummy! Shared with this writer…..E H


  2. Kevin says:

    As much as I love summer in the northern hemisphere, I must admit that the rush I feel in spring is a close second. I truly enjoyed the photos of your first blooms and the appearance of bulbs. Be well.


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