Six on Saturday 16.11.19

I admit it…I took most of today’s pictures yesterday when the sun was shining. Today is grey and a bit windy, and not really a day to be outside. Our house is luckily sheltered from the cold southerlies, but not so much from the northerlies which is what is blowing today. Rain is forecast, and it certainly looks like it from where I am sitting typing up this post. So a second post from indoors in a row. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

Remembering Friday!

After sun and rain, everything is growing – and fast – with a veritable jungle out there! The herbs are doing well, and I have been enjoying all my thyme, the new parsley plant and some fantastic mint. Below is the parsley the has bolted that I have kept as the flowers are quite pretty and you can eat them though they don’t really have a lot of taste.

The wild strawberry plant is still doing well, with a few more flowers. I have a few nasturtiums dotted about, and the edible violas are beginning to peep above the soil.

The wild strawberry plant

It seems that everywhere you look, there are New Zealand rock lilies (see featured image of some in Hawke’s Bay from the last post). These ones are at the back of our house and more or less cover the whole of that gloomy spot. I took this photo this afternoon – they look better in the sun as you can see from my previous post!

New Zealand rock lilies

I was quite desperate to get outside and do some repotting this afternoon. The chilis, radishes, mini sunflowers and a couple of other things all need tending to. Hopefully, we will have a couple of dry evenings this week when I can get out and do this after work. I was working at home yesterday, and I had to resist the temptation to go outside and potter about. Oh well, things will be fine where they are for another couple of days.

Since I haven’t been able to do anything today, I thought I would share with you this gorgeous flower as seen in Hawke’s Bay on Wednesday. It looks like some variety of hippeastrum, and was quite stunning. Also looking good is my little orchid, as can be seen in the featured image at the top of the post. I saw some stunning orchids at the Begonia House in the Botanic Gardens on Friday, which I will share during the week. The Lady Norwood rose garden is looking good too, so expect a featured post on that in weeks to come.

As seen in Hawke’s Bay

For now though that is me. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.

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  1. That Hawk’s Bay beauty is really something else. Just stunning & so large! Your own orchid is lovely as well, the white contrasted perfectly w/the coloured insides. Your entire garden is truly looking lush! Hope the weather lets you outside again soon.

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    1. Yes it was quite stunning. I had go out of the meeting and take a picture of it. It is another grey day today unfortunately…hopefully some sunny days ahead to let me get outside when I come home from work.


  2. The orchid is stunning! I am always amazed by the velocity of spring. It gallops by and leaves us much too soon. I was thinking I should take pictures of my gardens right now. Not exactly blooming but they do have their own stark beauty in the winter.

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