Sprinter is com­ing

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our sea­sons are out of sync should.” The main ex­cep­tion is Tas­ma­nia, where the tra­di­tional four sea­sons – what he calls “the Vi­valdi op­tion” – is a fairly good fit.

Re­search­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures around the coun­try, En­twisle found they com­monly have six sea­sons that re­flect lo­cal changes in weather, wildlife and flow­er­ing. The five-sea­son sys­tem he de­vised is ap­pli­ca­ble to most of south­ern Aus­tralia. En­twisle’s sprinter, the flow­er­ing spring, is August and Septem­ber; sprum­mer is “the can­tan­ker­ous weather time” of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber; then the long, hot sum­mer runs from De­cem­ber to March. Au­tumn is April and May; win­ter June and July.

This year, sum­mer ex­tended well into April for many of us. En­twisle notes the sea­sons will drift with global warm­ing, and that dif­fer­ent re­gions across Aus­tralia have their own sea­sonal dif­fer­ences, but ar­gues that hav­ing the dis­cus­sion about how we clas­sify sea­sons is use­ful. “If we were to track the sea­sons more closely, we would not only ap­pre­ci­ate what a spe­cial place Aus­tralia is but also be bet­ter equipped to no­tice changes in our world,” he says.

Win­ter gar­den­ing in Aus­tralia is a vastly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to that in the UK. We do not pack up our gar­dens for win­ter, know­ing we won’t be out in them for months as se­vere cold puts plants into dor­mancy. Gar­den­ing con­tin­ues here through­out the year. Gar­den author, writer and broad­caster Jen­nifer Stack­house, who moved to Tas­ma­nia three years ago, loves the cold nights that al­low her to grow cherries, ap­ples, lilacs, pe­onies and clema­tis, but agrees she still gar­dens all year. “There are plants in flower and crops to har­vest even through win­ter,” she says.

Many of us thor­oughly en­joy the gar­den in win­ter. In Syd­ney, those

Pho­tog­ra­phy Si­mon Grif­fith

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