Six on Saturday 26.09.19

The sun is shining which is wonderful after a week that saw hailstones (bye bye a couple of seedlings), wind, rain and sunshine of course. It is lovely to have good weather on this holiday weekend here in New Zealand. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, we went to the garden centre for some more pots, more soil and three herb plants – a chocolate mint to replace the one that didn’t last over the winter (fingers crossed…), a pineapple sage (which smells exactly like those old fashioned pineapple cube sweets) and another tarragon (see the contrast between the new and old below!). I’ll need to put these into proper pots over the weekend.

Chocolate mint and pineapple sage
Tarragon x 2

Next up, all the thymes are doing well, and with a roast chicken planned for Sunday, so of it will get used – perhaps the lemon thyme and chicken thyme? It is lovely to see dormant things come to life again – except for the lemon balm which has given up the ghost completely. I have no idea why – I’ll give it a couple more weeks to see if there are any signs of new growth.

Lemon thyme

I know you have seen lots of pictures of the hellebores already, but they are still blooming and still looking lovely. There are some stunning dark purple ones in the Botanic Gardens near the Duck Pond that I have been admiring.

Hellebores again

Next up the hostas, which in the picture below, make them look like they are located in the midst of a forest (let’s face it, we are surrounded by rather untamed land). They looked stunning in the sun today,

The sun has brought out the bees, and I spotted this beauty on one of the lavender heads. It is a bit out of focus due to wind and its own movements, but lovely to watch. If my planting plans come to ‘florition’ (rather than fruition? sorry….) I hope we can attract a few more this year.

Bee enjoying the lavender

Finally, the rhododendron (featured at the top of the post) is looking stunning right now, a lovely splash of bright pink in the green surroundings. The camellia (again, sorry for another picture) is still producing an abundance of flowers, enjoyed by both bees and tuis.

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

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  1. How wonderful for you having spring and summer to enjoy in your garden whilst we are winding down now. Your rhododendron looks wonderful in the gorgeous first photo.

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  2. You’re doing it again. A picture of Hosta and the fern and Arthropodium behind them is encroachment from untamed land to you, choice garden plants to me. Do tuis feed on nectar in the camellias? And do they do so without trashing the blooms. Tuis would be a nice pest to have mind.


  3. I’ll echo the others in saying, while our stuff is dying back, you southern hemi folk are gifts to the eyes. I looked up tui song videos & was stuck by their appearance. Reminded me of men from the Inquisition w/their big collars, etc. The rest of the plumage is equally amazing & must look wonderful in the sun. This particular video featured several calls – do they mimic other sounds? I agree w/Jim about liking them in the back garden.


  4. Yes, your posts are gifts to the eye, as Lora put it. Such a pleasure to see what is in bloom in your part of the world. Good luck with those herbs!


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