Just a few more days of Spring left, according to the traditional European seasonal calendar, but the weather is already changed here. Perhaps this November, with its bursts of very hot days in the low to mid 30Cs and its thunderstorms, really reflects a uniquely Australian season (for areas to the south of Brisbane). A season, called Sprummer, that is more in tune with our climate and the behaviour of native plants where we live.
In his book, Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons, Dr. Tim Entwisle argues that the traditional four seasons we're all familiar with and that all 'change' with the turning of a calendar page, could be extended to these five seasons: Sprinter, Sprummer, Summer, Autumn, Winter. You can read more about his seasonal thoughts here.
I feel Entwisle's 'new' seasons help me to think, in a different way, about what is happening both in my local area, which features much bushland and native plantings, and in my garden. Sprinter, which Entwisle describes as an early Spring in August and September, is when flowers in native bushland and in our gardens burst into flower. I remember the fluffy yellow wattle coming into bloom along the paths where we stroll in the afternoons, a native blossoming Entwisle links to his/our Sprinter season.
Wattle in bloom.
Sprummer, a season for October and November, is described as a time of changing weather and a second flush of flowering. As I think of Sprummer now, I think of the the high temperatures we've had, the welcome thunderstorms that have brought rain and the lilly pilly hedge just over our back fence that is now covered in little creamy puff-ball blooms.
Lilly pilly blossoms.
As for the Summer that's on it's way, a four-month season that stretches from December to the end of March according to Entwisle, I distinctly remember last year feeling that Summer would never end. I have that same feeling now too, that Summer will be long and hot here where I live. Perhaps it is that extra month Entwisle added in!
How do you view the seasons where you live now? What signals changes in the seasons for you?