Our daytime temperature varies from about 6 degrees C to 14 degrees C in the winter, usually near the lower end, to 18 degrees to 42 degrees C in the summer, averaging about 30 degrees. We get very cold winds off the sea in the wintertime and it is a time to rug up. We have been having unseasonably warm weather of about 15 - 18 degrees C at the moment, as it is winter time in the southern hemisphere from June till August. Then spring comes along quickly.
Because our weather is not too cold in winter I always have a garden full of greenery with a few flowers showing themselves. At the moment we have the lovely Turk's cap with its bright red flowers. This has become a massive bush and flowers most of the time. Pretty white daisies are flowering as is a lovely hebe. This plant used to be called Veronica. Every now and then, scientists decide that a plant must now reside in another family. It's a bit like adoption. The plant is still the same old plant. Oh well.
There is also an odd geranium flowering, no pelargoniums at the moment. One lavender is showing its colour and there is a lovely strong succulent that is in full bloom. It is covered in bright white flowers.
The nasturtiums take over a large part of the garden this time of the year - winter. There are no flowers yet but their bright green round leaves are so lovely. The stem of the leaf comes out of the middle of the leaf. Our three year old granddaughter found that they looked like a top or an umbrella when she spun the leaf. The leaves are big and round, up to about fifteen cm (6inches) across. They look lovely in the morning as they hold the dew, or after a rain shower.