Six on Saturday 28.12.19

Greetings from a sunny Wellington for this, the last SoS of 2019. Everything in the garden is growing, some things of course better than others, but it is lovely to see so many things thriving, even the supermarket basil plant. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, there are some really lovely nasturtiums popping up in different pots. I love the one at the top of the post: such a lovely mix of colour and shape.

Next up, good old agapanthus. They are everywhere, many yet to bloom. There is an experiment going on in the Botanic Gardens to find a sterile form for domestic use that has good ground cover and lots of flowers. It is a weed in many parts of New Zealand, so this initiative by five gardens throughout the country is going some way to stop it spreading.


As I said, things are growing and growing fast, and of course some things are doing better than others. The Thai basil I fear will not last into the winter, but I am frequently wrong about these things. All the thymes are doing well, as is the mint, and both tarragon plants are flourishing. The rosemary plants though are needing some tender loving care at the moment – perhaps needing some sort of fertiliser?

There are always surprises in gardens, and this year’s prize goes to the bay tree. This was here, in a pot, when we moved in, and was always a bit sad looking. Now it has been moved and getting a lot more sun it is suddenly producing masses of new growth. I am so pleased as I really thought it was on its last legs.

Reborn bay

I wasn’t going to mention the alstroemerias this week, until I noticed this one which isn’t the golden yellow of the rest, but more of an orange. There are a couple of plants this colour, in the same spot. They are quite noticeable.


Finally, we took a walk in the Botanic Gardens this afternoon, and I thought I should share with you the New Zealand Christmas tree, the pohutukawa. There are a couple behind our house, though not on our property, but this one in the gardens is stunning I am sure you agree.

As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. All the very best for your gardening exploits in 2020.

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  1. I don’t understand why the pohutukawa isn’t grown more in this part of the world. I don’t think they would get through the frosts in our Scottish winter but there must be parts of the UK where the climate isn’t so much different from wellington and they would do ok? Enjoy your mid-summer!

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  2. It’s funny how much more exotic Alstroemerias seem than Nasturtiums, though they are similar in flower size and colour, or is it just me? The top Nasturtium would make a fabulous Alstroemeria. Just wow! to the Pohutakawa.


  3. Those NZ Christmas trees are gorgeous! As are your nasturtiums. I must buy some seeds of different colours next year. HNY thistles! 💖


  4. I have never seen a Pohutukawa, and I love it red blooms looks like its decorated for the holiday season. Thank you for sharing.


  5. O, I do want one of those trees. Will have to follow Jim’s research on it (not that I have space for one, but I can covet to my heart’s content). Every year when I see both agapanthus & alstroemerias, I think about getting them & never do. Love all of yours, such great colours any time of the year, but much appreciated seen from the northern hemisphere. Hope you have a great new year.


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