Six on Saturday 24.08.19

The weather this morning was odd to say the least: rain, sun, rain, sun, rain…and then sun this afternoon. We are into the last throws of winter, and had a couple of cold snaps this week, but today it feels like spring is around the corner. 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 hellebores are still looking good, both at home and in the Botanic Gardens. They are such pretty flowers and add a gorgeous splash of colour.

More hellebores

Next up, you can tell spring is on the way as things that were dormant are showing signs of life, such as the tarragon and the bee balm bergamot.

Signs of life again
Tarragon again

Next up, as the weather was good enough to be outside (and with the sun, quite warm really) I got to weeding and tidying up.

The daffodils and jonquils are still looking good, with the next bowl now flowering. We have had a lovely display this year.


Still with flowers, the anemones are just gorgeous – this week’s anemone is below.


Finally, if you look at the featured image at the top of the post, you will see our magnolia is just about to flower. It is already looking quite beautiful. If you look carefully at the top left hand corner of the picture below, you can see a fantail. They move so fast, that I am amazed it is even in the picture.

Fantail and magnolia

That is it from me for this week. I’ll be in Melbourne next weekend, so am unlikely to be sharing six on Saturday. I am of course looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.

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  1. The magnolia is lovely – I hope you don’t have any frost in the next couple of weeks. I have lots of the dark hellebores which flower for months, in fact I was weeding yesterday and noticed a rather pale one still going!


  2. That Jonquils is lovely. I think I may have to look into getting some anemones for the garden.

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  3. I didn’t know the fantail: I had to googling and I must say that they are very beautiful birds that we don’t have here … Is your magnolia white? In any case you will have plenty of flowers!


  4. It’s quite discombobulating to see spring flowers but illustrates what a great idea this is with gardeners from different hemispheres and time zones sharing their plants and spaces. Lovely to see yours.

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  5. I shouldn’t be surprised, but wow winter on it’s way out already? That went fast, at least for us. I bet you are enjoying seeing things come through.


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