Autumn, you are confused…and I’m worried

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With 10 days to go before winter technically starts, Autumn isn’t looking overly well…autumnal.

As I write this it’s a sunny 26C, the sea temperature is as lovely as it was in peak summer. The tomatoes are still flourishing, again like mid summer. The sun is still with a bite to it that makes you seek shade, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, (responsible sun use in this country is not something to be taken lightly.)

While a recent trip to the Blue Mountains saw lots of beautiful Autumn colour changes, this isn’t particularly evident closer to sea level. It’s simply too warm, too dry and with that I have a garden regularly gasping for water.

I live in an area where there should be seasonal changes showing by now, and when those differences are rather minute?

I can’t help but be a bit worried.

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How about you? Are your seasons as they should be? Is there rain? 

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28 thoughts on “Autumn, you are confused…and I’m worried

  1. Totally worrying! A balmy 27degrees here in Sydney on Tuesday followed by a much cooler day on Wednesday. Quite ridiculous really and alarming….

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  2. It’s funny how having a garden makes you acutely aware of how the climate is changing. I’m in Melbourne, and I still have beans, strawberries, capsicums and pumpkins flowering. I haven’t had to don a coat yet. Rather than feel good about this (I really don’t like winter), it just feels straight-up ominous.

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  3. We’ve had some good rains down here in lower SE of South Aus but my roses are still budding where they’d normally be losing their leaves in readiness for a cold winter. One lady here has jonquils blooming which normally come up in spring! Weird!

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  4. yes its unseasonally warm here… and damn dry… and when you live on a farm and depend on the wet stuff falling from the sky its rather worrying…..

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    • Ronnie that would make it incredibly hard. While I despair that my garden is dry, I know all I need to do is turn on a tap to access that water. When you have to consider buying in water, well that’s a whole other level.

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  5. It’s the same story here in Far Northern NSW, it feels almost balmy some days, and it is so dry, we live in a high rainfall area, and it’s been a long time since we’ve had any rain.

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    • Gosh Cheryl, that’s even worse in my mind. A high rainfall area that is simply not high rainfall is really worrying. I hope there is a huge storm on horizon and that whole sentence can get turned around.

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  6. Just like your other lovely friends…it is the same here Brydie. It was 26 degrees here this arvo with a warm wind, almost hot and more like September than May. My young winter vegetables are wilting in the sun. I am craving for a dose of proper cold weather…as in beanies, scarves, fires and slow cooked food. Where is it I wonder?

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    • Today was the first real cooler day we’ve had. Certainly not beanies and scarves but there was an extra smaller layer for me. The pup still doesn’t need her jacket on and I think that’s my barometre… whether the slim line dog is cold 🙂

      Hope those winter veggies pick up.x

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  7. It is normally freezing here by now – I still haven’t cracked out the thermals, and we are still picking the occasional tomato. We do light the fire over night but let it go out during the day. Normally it would be going 24/7. We got a week of much needed rain, two weeks back, but we desperately need more. We’re still feeding sheep – something we rarely do at this time of year – and a lot of the old timers around these parts can’t remember weather like this. Weird and worrying indeed!

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  8. Move to Tassie. It’s full blown autumn complete with rain almost every day and I am blissed out to the max. Sorry your autumn is mild. Pretty soon winter will kick in and everything will be AOK Ms C.

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      • I gotta say W.A. did a sterling job of being “normal” this year and their autumn started a whole lot earlier than ours did. My sister lives in the south (Albany) and was constantly complaining about all of the rain that they had over the summer and early spring period. I was starting to wonder if I should think about moving back!

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  9. Oh yes, confused indeed down here in the Adelaide Hills. It’s warm sunny sunshine followed by a blustery bit of autumn then the sunshine is back again. Fortunately we’ve had enough rain to save us calling out the water truck but the tanks are nowhere near as full as they should be…

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    • Getting small tanks is on the to do list for here, it won’t require water trucks to fill it, but I’ll be happy when they do get put in. Why does this country does not harness all the sunshine we have going on is damn annoying. Hope you get some rain soon Sam.

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  10. We have broccoli and cauliflower seedlings that have stopped growing because they are confused, a mulberry tree that is still leafy and green and a Hawaiian guava that thinks it is in the tropics.Not to mention cabbage moths and fruit fly going ‘yippee, its still hot.’ Only one answer for it, plant another tomato plant and cucumber plant and see what happens.

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    • I blamed my non growing broccoli on the rubbish soil we have, but on second thought, it could be the weather. The snowpeas are off like rockets but still sooooo many tomatoes. I’d written them off months ago!

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  11. I am missing Autumn and it’s always been my favourite time of year! It’s been too warm and I know what you mean when you say your garden is gasping for water. I’ve got veggies growing happily but I’ve had to really keep the water up to them. We’ve been eating lots of lettuce lest it bolt and go to seed in this unseasonable heat. It makes one think, what kind of Winter will we have? It’s only meant to be a few weeks away, as far as I can tell, we haven’t really had our Autumn yet. I hope it arrives soon!

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  12. It’s about to be summer here in North America, but our winter was warm, wet, and mild due to an El Nino effect.Then early spring was bitter cold and snowing.

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  13. Autumn is missing here too in Upper Western NSW, with the temps reaching a crazy 28’c on Sunday just past! – I’m a little worried for what might be install for Winter, or if there is ever actually going to be a real Winter this year at all, before it starts to warm up again.

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