In contrast to last Saturday’s gorgeous sunshine, today is overcast and windy. In fact, there has been pretty awful weather most of the week, with some gale force winds forcing flight cancellations and Civil Defence warnings about flooding in parts of South Canterbury in the South Island. Thunderstorms and wild weather are affecting other parts of the country as well. No doubt you have all heard about the devastating bush fires in Australia. Smoke and dust and westerly winds have, believe it or not, blown across the ditch (as the Tasman Sea is known), turning snow pink and red at Mount Aspiring National Park in the South Island. Who yet knows what this means for Australia, and perhaps us here in New Zealand too.
Meanwhile, in my little patch in Wellington, I have my first wild strawberry. I can’t tell you how excited I am by such a simple little thing!
Last Sunday, I picked up this salvia at the Thorndon Fair. I can’t quite decide where to plant it though. I’ve been reading up about the plant but really need advice for local conditions, so will ask my gardening colleague at work what he thinks.
Next up, a lovely clump of nasturtiums by the lemon tree, and some other plants popping up elsewhere too. I fall into the ‘love’ camp when it comes to these flowers.
And so to the things that are not so good…like plant labels blowing away in the wind (judging by open seed packets, must be calendula) and an interesting display of marigold seedlings, caused by our cat sitting on half of the pot. Don’t talk to me about the new basil plant….it is no more as I forgot to bring it in for the night and it kind of ended up in another part of the garden.
The Peruvian lilies are still looking really good, though quite a few of them have been battered by the winds. There are still lots of buds and we should still have a decent display at Christmas.
Other things that are doing fine are the miniature sunflowers, most of the herbs (even a saggy dill plant which might be reviving) and the camellia bush which is still flowering.
Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.
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