Six on Saturday 15.02.20

Another Saturday already: it is hard to believe it is half-way through February already. In a week where a temperature of 20C was recorded in Antarctica and a reported huge decline in insects ‘splatting’ on windscreens, environmental issues yet again make worrying news. Our gardens provide green spaces for wildlife and plants, even in a small way, and we can each do our own tiny bit to help the environment around us. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

I’m actually going to start with the weather. It has been warm, mostly sunny and dry, very dry, as you can see from the lawn in the Botanic Gardens below. I’ve had the watering can out most evenings at home.

The grass in the Botanic Gardens
Plants’ best friend

Doing well are the bay tree, the rosemary (especially after being fed with some extra nutrients) and the tarragon. Not doing well is the purple sage, which looks like it has already had its day, though I will cut it back and keep my fingers crossed. The lemon balm is struggling again…I just don’t think this plant likes me! A couple of the edible viola are flowering – see the featured image at the top.

There are all sorts of wee things going on, such as this nasturtium and it seeds lashing onto the branch of the lemon. I just love the shapes. I know I should do something about it, but I enjoy seeing nature take over. However, a little colony of vine hoppers seems to have taken hold in one small corner of the garden. It is the season when the nymphs go through their final molt and change into the small brown adults that look like small smooth winged moths. There are things you can get to deal with them, so I somehow need to get to a garden centre. They leave a black mould that isn’t that good for plants.

Nasturtium on the move

Indoors, the cinnamon basil continues to grow, and the ordinary and purple basil seem to be doing fine. I did as advised and left the Thai basil alone, ignoring it as much as possible, and it seems to be doing much better.

I was lucky enough to catch a couple of our welcome local insect visitors such as this butterfly, enjoying the oregano flowers. Look carefully and you can see its proboscis.

Feasting on oregano flowers 1
Feasting on oregano flowers 2

Finally, an alstroemeria seed pod. It is so pretty, and shows how life keeps going. No wonder the front of the house is covered with these flowers in season.

Seed pod

And that is all from Wellington for this week. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. 

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  1. Dead calm and ten below zero (Fahrenheit) this morning. Not much to show in my garden. Which means I enjoyed yours more than ever, especially the bee and the butterfly. If all around the world, people with small gardens, like yours and mine, did what they could to encourage nature and insects, well…

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  2. Oh, interesting, your butterfly looks like our Sulphur butterflies here, they are very difficult to get a picture of…well done. hope it rains! and not too much.


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