Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons

Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons

by Timothy J. Entwisle

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781486302031
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

About the Author

Timothy J. Entwisle is a highly respected scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens. He was Director of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens for eight years, spent two years at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew then returned to Australia in 2013 and is currently Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
List of illustrations

1. The Vivaldi option
The seasons we had to have
The Earth, spinning like a top
A quick seasonal tour of the world
Seasons of the sun
Opinions divided on the need for seasonal change

2. Knock'em down storm and other Indigenous seasons
From west to north – two to six Australian seasons
Spotlight on Sydney seasons
The south-east – anything from three to seven seasons

3. Five very Australian seasons
If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Sprinter
Sprummer
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Seasonal rumblings in the motherland
Why I'm right

4. Sprinter, the early spring: August and September
Celebrating the start of spring
Wattle Day on the wrong day
Flowery sprinter
Animals spring to life in sprinter
Sprinter, come rain or shine
Sprinter by any other name
Botanising in sprinter
Think global, act local

5. Sprummer, the cranky one: October and November
Biological cycles
Sprummer is cranky in London too
What to do about the mountains
Sprummer, the Australian fall?

6. The long hot summer: December to March
Fruit in summer and other seasons
Life and death in summer
The endless summer
An English summer, if you're lucky
Plants on fire
Plant survivors

7. Autumn's fat spiders and fungi: April and May
Stocking up for winter
The fungal season
Changeable weather
Autumnal colour

8. Wakeful winter: June and July
Budding up
Chilled out
A weedy history
Night-time is party-time for some
The winter that isn't

9. Changing seasons
The inexorable creep of spring
Australia's changing seasons
Say it with flowers
Ready for change

Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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