The white wisteria is coming into flower. It only flowers for a short time and for most of the year is a tangle of dead looking stems trailing over the pergola, but when it flowers I know that Winter is over and I love it for that.
Bromeliads are blooming.
The Hawaiian hibiscus plants are brightening up as well.
Winter is my peak season for growing a wide range of vegetables and as soon as the weather heats up they start to suffer. It can happen quite quickly over a few days. Everything starts to wilt or go to seed - the signal that the beds need to be cleared to plant the summer crops. We've harvested the potatoes. The lettuce and broccoli are finished. The chooks will have a feast with the last of the silverbeet (what they didn't already steal). Time to think about what to plant next. Sweet corn, eggplant, beetroot and carrots, capsicum and chillies, beans, and some melons maybe.
Even Missy has spring fever. As the weather warms up her hair needs regular trimming. Silkie Terriers have hair that grows like human hair. Show dogs have long silky locks down almost to the ground. (hence the name) Missy is NOT a show dog. In Winter we let her hair grow to keep her warm but she needs it kept short during summer.
There's only two weeks between a good and a bad haircut, so they say. It's lucky she's not a vain dog.