Six on Saturday 02.11.19

Hello from a lovely, warm and sunny Wellington. The air really feels warmer if that makes sense, and everything is looking even more green than usual (see the featured image at the top of the post). I didn’t managed to do anything today as was out this afternoon, but with good wether forecast for tomorrow, there is no excuse for a tidy up. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, the hostas, which are now flowering, surrounded by, what I like to call, the undergrowth! Actually, this week, things have popped up so fast, with everything growing and blooming. There are still some hebes in flower along with the hellebores and little violas dotted about in the bush around and underneath the house.


And so to the ‘herb garden’, where the mint and sage are looking good. The old bay tree that lay in a shady corner and has now been moved to a sunny spot is showing signs of a lot of new growth which is great. The parsley though has bolted – note the flowers in the top right corner – so I guess it is time to uproot and get new plants. Both of my plants have ‘gone’ too, at the same time, so will need to take more care to stop this happening again next year. Given their age, this seems to be normal (?).

Also looking good is the wild strawberry plant which has new leaves and a first flower (today in fact). I have purchased a nice, large pot to move it too, so hopefully I might, if very lucky, get the odd berry.

I’m still enjoying the lavender, as are our local bees. There are still some camellias on the bush outside the house too, loved by tuis and bees alike.


The chilli seeds I planted a few weeks ago have turned into decent seedlings, almost ready to plant out. I think I should end up with a few plants at least. Amongst the new seedlings are these mini sunflowers. I planted four seeds in this pot and three have popped up, though the four I test planted outside have yet to show. I’ll need to get the rest started so I get a nice display.

Starting sunflowers

Finally, another view of the rhododendron, because it looks good not only from the house, but also looking up from street level. You can also see what the weather was like and get a glimpse of one of the giant ferns that surround 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. Oh, forget the plants, just let me gaze at that sunshine and blue sky! Actually that last photo could come from Cornwall, I probably have similar photos somewhere. Though not today!

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  2. It’s lovely to see plants at the other end of the growing season, when everything here is tucking up for winter. Parsley is a biennial, so will always flower in its second growing season, and then die. But it self-seeds very well, with the fresh seeds germinating more freely than bought seed.

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  3. How lovely to see so many of the plants flourishing in your garden as they are giving out in mine. Trying to decide what to do with my spearmint and chocolate mint over the winter.


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