Winter blossoms in Carlingford

July is the dead of winter in New South Wales, Australia. That means the average low temperature dips to 8 degrees. But remember, that is Celsius, so to Americans that’s 46 degrees Farenheit. Still, the locals shiver, complain and “rug up” with scarves, boots and coats. They proclaim that “this is the coldest winter ever”! They wear an extra “jumper” (sweater) and celebrations like Christmas in July abound. It can actually feel dreadfully chilly because most homes do not have central heat.

The temple gardeners plant new annuals every few months.
This large tree at the back of the temple car park has almost all its bark peeled away.
This craggy gum tree still has the bark on its bottom trunk. The dry bark layers can become a real fire hazard in the hills

Regardless of what the locals say, the blossoms still abound because the temperature here never falls below freezing. We are fortunate to live and work near the temple compound so the colorful blooms never become common. Eucalyptus (gum) trees never lose all their leaves at one time, but rather shed a few leaves year round.  However, the gum trees lose their bark, and peel back to a smooth shiny surface.

These giant gymea lily blossoms are about to pop. The stems are tall as a small tree. They grow everywhere in Sydney are are especially nice in the planting space between the freeway lanes.
This is the winter garden at our office entrance. the leafless tree is a crepe myrtle and is one of the few trees that loses its leaves.

These photos reflect some of the flora that we see every day.



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