Six on Saturday 22.06.19

It turned properly cold this week for the first time this winter. I can’t remember what day it was, but I noted it was 10C here and in Glasgow, Scotland one day last week. All I can say is, at least it is winter here! In Wellington this week we have had rain and hailstones, but also lots of bright blue skies as well. It is the shortest day here of course, and Matariki, the Māori new year, starts on 25 June. It is really feels like winter. But now it is time for Six on Saturday and thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, this was what I saw when I came home from work on Friday – the camellia tree in full flower. It is quite stunning, and the flowers close up are too (I know I had a photo of these last week too, but it was raining then…).

Coming home
Such a gorgeous flower

Another picture of something I have already posted about before, these white, almost lily like flowers, that hang from the bush that wraps itself around anything and everything. I was looking back through some old photos, and saw this bush flowering in February in the past. I am not sure what is going on here, but they are lovely to look at at this time of year as well.

White flowers
More of these flowers.

Next up, the muscari or grape hyacinth, which are growing steadily. There are daffodils at different stages, so hopefully will have a good display for a decent amount of time. I should say, that there are signs of daffodils in the Botanic Gardens as well.

To the herbs, and the sage and rosemary are doing fine, as is the parsley, but the lemon thyme (just visible) is in need of a drastic cut back. I’ve still got a supply of mint, and am still keeping the basil indoors for now. The plants seem to be doing fine, getting lots of sunshine.

And here is what you get when you go on holiday and have to travel for work…a pot with a mint (I have a second pot with mint that is looking a bit healthier) that is in desperate need of being cut back, two raggedy nasturtiums and weeds. Attention is needed!

My neglected pot

And finally, another camellia, also at the back of the house. We are surrounded by these right now, in our back yard, our neighbours gardens and in the Botanic Gardens.

Another bush in bloom

So that’s it from me. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.

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  1. Those white flowers are very interesting. I wonder what they are? Perhaps there’s an old plant label in that mysterious shed of yours (have you opened it yet?!)


    1. I think the plant is older than the shed! I have found what I think is the key, so will see what there is in the shed next week (I am sure there is nothing of interest…but one can never tell…).

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  2. Like others I find the ‘white flowers’ fascinating. Hopefully one of the Sixers will be able to ID. Gorgeous camellia too.


  3. Your white flower mystery has everyone’s attention, including mine as well. I’m interested in your winter temp of 10C. I could get used to a winter like that one. Just love it that what we consider spring bulbs are coming into bloom for you now. O please do share the daffs w/us when they bloom.


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