Six on Saturday 12.09.19

Here we are at Saturday again, and time to not only potter about outside (no sign of last week’s helper at the moment), but also catch up with all the northern hemisphere autumn gardens and southern hemisphere spring gardens. We have had sun and rain this week – so think most plants were quite happy. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, the bugleweed continues to add a nice splash of colour at the side of the house. It seems to thrive in that spot, and adds some welcome cover. A little cluster of speedwell has appeared too, far too pretty to remove.

Thriving bugleweed

Next up…a selection of leaves from things doing well. The bee balm bergamot, the mint and the nasturtiums are all still doing well as I reported two weeks ago. The lemon balm though…I had to cut back a lot of dead foliage, and there is a tiny sign of new life, but it is not looking good. I may have to buy another plant at this rate, but will wait and see, as they are pretty hardy plants.

I used a picture of the hebe at the top of my post two weeks ago, and here we are again with the same plant. There are 4 more, also in bloom, on the other side of the house. Such lovely, small flowers, and they make a great addition to miniature posies to dot around the house.

Hebe 1
Hebe 2 and 3 in the jungle beside the house

More success! The chillies are coming up and I will soon need to find them proper pots. The calendula and cornflower seeds are also popping up, so I should get good pops of colour later in the season. I also planted some edible violas, and the end of a packet of marigolds last week. I still have a lot more to go, so really need to plan out what is going to go where as I have more seeds than places to plant them I fear!

There are a few anemones still, but think by next week I should be able to sort out all the bulbs and store them for next year. If anyone has any tips on this, let me know. I was going to store them in paper bags in a dry place.


Finally, look down through the fence to the land below and you will see the plant that had berries in the winter now covered with a white blossom. It is impossible to get to unless you are a cat, but lovely to look at. (Side note: if you have been to Wellington, you will have seen houses clinging to the sides of the hills. Ours is one, which is why I may say things like ‘the slope below the house’ or ‘the slope behind the house’).

On the slope under the house

As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.

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  1. Lovely hebes….mine haven’t had a flower on them for a very long time, but I’ve no idea why. Beautiful anemones. I don’t know anything about storing them and would probably leave them in the ground!


  2. Snap! I also have calendula and cornflower seedlings on the go, autumn sown in my case. Being hardy they should see out the winter and flower a bit sooner than they otherwise might, as well as being stronger, bushier plants. In theory.

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  3. My ajuga is also in bloom, but doing its autumn thing. I don’t lift my anemone, but I’m not sure how my climate compares to yours. I’m another fan of the hebe. Really posh blooms!


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