November is here and with it come the first inklings of summertime in the region.
It is a time of year when you can enjoy the best things the South West has to offer minus the holiday crowds and peak summer heat. The Mooja or Australian Christmas Tree begins to flower adorning our coastal hills with bright orange accents as the ocean transforms into an irresistible shade of blue. It is as if the land is drawing us back after a cool winter spent indoors.
Out in the vines, lush canopies form a sea of green stretching across the region. This time of year, small clusters of white flowers emerge from the verdant growth. Grapevines are self-pollinating so they do not rely on little buzzing bees, instead, gusty spring winds do the trick. Once fertilized the floral clusters will transform into tiny berry bunches called inflorescences. From this point forward the vine shifts its focus to leaf and canopy growth to provide protection for the precious ripening grapes.
As the vineyards and coastal hills are busy donning their summer garb, the social calendar for November is certainly stacking up. Transition into this pre-summer bliss with an overflowing agenda complete with an Ag show, live jazz, surf comps, art auctions, fairs, groovy tunes and great films!