It’s summer in the south: stepping into the sun

Indigenous South African Vygies. Good for water wise gardening

Most of the bloggers that I follow are based in the global North where winter season is round about now making its entrance. Here in the South, we are welcoming in our summer with that distinct lift to the spirits that accompanies this time of year, where you can feel yourself stepping out of the cold and into the light. We too have had our Covid related challenges: South Africa at one point this year was carrying the third or fourth highest infection rate globally, but thankfully that has changed dramatically for the better (not to take anything for granted here). Right now there is plenty of fresh green growth abounding- we have had one or two of the afternoon thunderstorms that are so typical of the Johannesburg Highveld, with some light hailstones- so cooling to the earth as they soak the soil with their nourishing nitrates following a dry and dusty September. This week we find ourselves in the midst of a bit of a heat wave, and yesterday I was in the garden before 8am in bare feet and a sundress, and by mid afternoon the temperature peaked at around 33 degrees celsius on our south facing slope.

Therefor any time spent in the garden needs to happen early morning or else later from about 4pm. For today’s post I have focused on a few pictures of our sprouting summer garden- the veggie area is a work in progress (as is the property in general- we have been renovating on and off since we moved in at the start of 2014). Please enjoy β™₯ 

5 thoughts on “It’s summer in the south: stepping into the sun

  1. Content Catnip 2020-10-23 / 5:33 am

    What a bounty….you are very lucky to have a garden like this. I hope you enjoy the sunshine. It’s coming towards summer here too yay! πŸŒ„πŸŒžπŸ˜Š

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  2. jkaybay 2020-11-10 / 3:18 am

    Sometimes we forget the simplest things – like that summer is starting for half of the planet. Thanks for the reminder of how diverse and wonderful our world is!


    • amandAVN 2020-11-10 / 10:02 am

      Thanks J, and yes, the world is a globe, and not just two halves stuck together! ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ πŸ™‚


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