Six on Saturday 03.08.19

Here we are in August already. Where have the days flown? I’ll soon be thinking about spring planting. I have marked far too many things in the seed catalogue for the space we have, but I can dream at least. Anyway, here are my Six on Saturday and thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, the weather. It is another gloriously sunny day here in Wellington today, with bright blue skies, and really not that cold at all. When I was out taking pictures, pulling weeds and tidying up a few things, I was quite comfortable in just my sweater. The weather website says 13C, but it feels at our house more like 15C. Seasonal temperatures are forecast to be near average or above average for all regions of New Zealand in the coming months, owing to warmer than average coastal and regional sea surface temperatures. We will see…

Saturday sunshine

The daffodils are still looking good, and the next batch are on their way. There are certainly a fair number in the Botanic Gardens as well. For those of you who can see the featured image at the top of the post, the Jet Fire daffodils are still looking good. Oh and since the picture was taken, I have tidied up the lemon balm and Vietnamese mint!

Daffodil time

Next up, another plant I thought dead has resurrected. I think it is bee balm bergamot? Not 100% sure though. Anyway, it is showing signs of life alongside bowl number two of muscari.

Reborn and new born

As I was tidying up I spotted this nasturtium hiding behind one of the mint plants. It is such a gorgeous colour.

Nasturtium pop-up

Hoorah! Signs of new lavender flowers! Nothing else to say about this really except I am so pleased to see this happening.

Lavender time

As well as the main two clumps of hellebores, there are a few odd ones, like this one beside the steps. I adore these flowers, which somehow make me think of woodland walks, though heavens knows why.

A lonely little hellebore

I’m not sure if I will be here next week, as we will be off to the Beervana beer festival on Saturday afternoon. Well, hops are plants….

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. I think I’m going to have to try growing nasturtiums next year. That one has a lovely deep colour.

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