The shortest day falls this month
June 22nd is the date of the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere this year and marks the shortest day (and longest night). After this date, day length gradually increases although cold wintery conditions may hold sway for many months.
Plants respond to lengthening days, which can trigger flowering in some species. Beneath the soil, roots will also be growing in preparation for new spring growth.
Despite the wintery conditions a surprising number of plants flower now. To appreciate the bounty of winter, spend some time on the winter solstice picking a bunch of winter flowers from your garden. Common flowers of winter include narcissus, red hot poker, camellia, hellebore and many natives including wattle, grevillea, banksia and boronia.
When picking flowers, feed them regularly every two weeks with PowerFeed PRO SERIES for Roses & Flowers to keep the flowers looking good and blooming all season.