Solstice'in Latin means 'sun-stopping'. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time.
Leucadendron Inca Gold
I have decided to plant leucandendrons along my western facing fence, hopefully they can cope with our hot summer sun
All three are bushy shrubs, growing 2m x 2m with yellow bracts, the tags say drought tolerant. which I knew anyway, I'm just not sure about reflective heat off a super six fence.
A solstice happens when the sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees. http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/june-solstice.html
So from now on the days will get longer again, seems a bit weird as I don't feel as though we've had any winter at all yet, it certainly hasn't been cold!