Signs of Spring

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

One of my dog walking tracks takes me through a park behind the houses. The trees are still in winter mode but look can you see small white dots among the branches? Take a closer look…

The buds are swelling

The buds are swelling

At the shopping centre I tie Millie up and go in to do some shopping.

Millie waits patiently

Millie waits patiently

More of the same trees

More of the same trees

Some of these trees have the flowers open. I try to find out what they are but no one seems to know. Can any one identify them for me?

What beautiful delicate flowers

What beautiful delicate flowers

Last week the weather turned warmer, the evening temperatures are no longer below zero and the days are sunny. Over the weekend, unlike Sydney that had torrential rain and storms, we had a gentle steady rain, the first for about 4 weeks. Suddenly spring has sprung and it is still 2 weeks before the official start of spring.

Jonquils

Jonquils

Wattle

Wattle

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Even a lonely iris has appeared

Even a lonely iris has appeared

Six weeks have flown past since we arrived in Canberra. Half way through this house sit. Only six more weeks and we will be heading home to the Goldcoast and there is still so much to see around the region.

 

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31 thoughts on “Signs of Spring

  1. Joan and Terry Watson

    You can almost see them opening,,, we have had much needed rain here, so your garden will be OK when you get back.

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  2. lovely springtime blog 🙂

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  3. Canberra is glorious in spring! Those plum blossoms will be everywhere soon 😀

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    • I am looking forward to the explosion of colour Dianne. They are busy getting the site for Floriade ready, that is the main reason I decided to do this house sit but there are so many other unexpected pleasures here in Canberra.

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  4. I’m echoing Jude! (I often do 🙂 ) The prospect of Winter ahead instead of behind us has my head in my hands. I’m a bit like Jack in that respect. I have a couple of weeks in the Algarve to look forward to first, thank goodness. Happy for you folks, though. Our inverted worlds always make me smile. 🙂

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    • When I first came “down under” Jo in 1961 I used to find it very hard to get my head around Christmas in summertime and warmth in winter. But I love it now and do not think I could survive an English winter.

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  5. the photos are beautiful thank you. My daughter was up from Canberra for my 60th last weekend and brought the weather with her. She does love it down there too. She found your site for me. I walk along my road up here in the sunshine coast hinterland each morning and night and last evening I noticed the new buds forming in just one day of sunshine after the rain we’ve had. My walks are times when I seep into the forest and paddocks. Such a beautiful place we live in. You are most welcome and I would love it….to visit if you are up this way. I am on a ridge line opposite National forest and the Great Walks. I would love to find out some pointers on house sitting. My bus is being reconfigured and then I’m off. Thank you again. Marilyn

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    • G’day Marilyn, I know you live in a beautiful area we have been there a few times and I would love to come and visit you when we get back to the GC. In 1995 we did a Wwoof stay at Maleny.

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  6. Plum or cherry trees? And that yellow looks like a mimosa not a wattle (going on the leaves as the flowers can be very similar and probably from the same family – it’s just I think of wattle leaves being long and thin). It is most likely one of those plants where wattle is mimosa, but not all mimosa is wattle!

    I’m not so happy about it becoming increasingly autumnal here in the UK especially as it is still August! But I can understand your happiness about an early spring 🙂

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    • Thanks Jude, I have had a comment telling me the blossom is plum tree. I’m sure it is a wattle, they do come in all shapes and sizes, many different varieties. Don’t seem to get so much mimosa and I think it flowers later.
      This is the first time I have seen the spring from winter transformation since I lived in NZ and that was not so spectacular as I lived in the northern parts of NZ.

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      • Must be so nice to see daffodils and other spring bulbs that probably don’t do well in other parts of Australia as they need the cold to grow.

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        • In most parts of Queensland if you want daffodils etc you have to winter them in the fridge then just use them as annuals if you want a good display. Better to just grow what suits the climate and enjoy them when visiting other areas.

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  7. Sandra

    Looking at the tree bark i think the blossom maybe cherry….but it´s pretty whatever it is!

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  8. Lucky you !!! We have signs of Autumn !!!! I don’t like that at all it is too early, I’m not ready yet !

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  9. Those snowdrops are exquisite!! The green dots on them!!… Beeeeautiful!

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  10. i wasn’t sure if they were pears or apples or peaches (no- the tree seemed way too large) but naomi surely nailed it.

    wattle – i have never seen this flower before!

    slept a few hours and now need to roll.. i worked til five this morning on the post while staying n town after a meeting. time to scram – i am so glad i was able to peer over your shoulder!

    z

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    • G’day Lisa so pleased you had time (and patience with your slow connection) to pop in. Spring is such a lovely season. I’m guessing, like back home in Queensland for me, you do not get that beautiful awakening of spring in your part of the world

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      • no, but in the andes i am often shocked when i see magnolia grandifloras or azaleas that seem so uniquely southern usa.. but there they are as lovely as ever in the andes!

        on this part of the pacific coast, we have dry season and rainy season, and a climate that rarely goes above 90 degrees f or below 68…

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  11. Nicola Whitelaw

    Loving photos from home! I love spring in Caberra – so pretty. Thanks for the photo of our Millie, we miss her terribly but know she is in good hands. Love to you and Jack xx

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    • Hi Nicola, I can understand you missing Millie she is such a loving dog. I will miss her when we go home. The shrubs in the back garden are just coming into flower now as well.

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  12. most of the blossoms in the street plantings are plums, not particularly tasty, rather tart if I remember from picking them on my way home from school. But they make an awesome display in spring. I’m really enjoying your photos, I miss the seasons too…

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    • Thanks for letting me know about the blossom Naomi. I will take another photo in a week or so when they are right out.

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