Six on Saturday 07.03.20

It is SoS time again and technically the first post in autumn. It is certainly a bit chilly in the early morning, but the sun is shining and the cicadas are singing, and things continue to grow and flower. Bit of a brief post as not a lot new to report this week, but here are my six anyway. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, more of the Japanese anemones are flowering. There are a number of flowering clumps around the space beside the house that greet you as you arrive at the top of the steps to the house. We only have pink ones, but there are some white in the Botanic Gardens.

Sticking with flowers, at number two, the cornflowers I planted are flowering, and attracting bees too (see the featured image at the top of the post). The colour is exquisite, and I love to see them when I am sitting indoors looking out, just a pop of blue


At number three, this weeks herb update, with flourishing cinnamon basil (the purple basil is still producing leaves for salads and pasta, the green not so much) and oregano, and a recovered rosemary that is also attracting bees.

Next up, the plants that never give up – nasturtiums and marigolds in my case. Here is this week’s nasturtium, and I can see self-seeding marigolds popping up in odd spots. My two mint plants are a bit like that too – whenever I think they are saying goodbye, they rise again.

This week’s nasturtium

This week’s pest is the lace moth or vine hopper. Introduced from Australia (like that other pest, the possum), these little creatures can hop, fly and pierce plant tissue to extract sap. They are not exactly welcome, and all I had to hand today was a weak solution of washing up liquid, which at least got rid of them. I’ll need to keep my eyes open. These are adults, so may have already laid eggs.


Finally, the indoor chillies are colouring, turning a lovely golden yellow. Looking forward to see what colours are on the other plants.


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. It’s a shame that these moths are harmful to plants because they are still pretty. They remind me of whiteflies that suck the sap of plants, but they look bigger. Except soapy water, is there nothing else to get rid of them? Otherwise, superb chilli!


  2. I looked up the moth and was surprised that most of the hits were about using it for fly fishing. Bit bigger than our leafhoppers then, you can keep that one please.


  3. The lace moth is pretty though – with it’s see through wings. Shame it’s a pest. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to eating chillies, but it looks impressive.


  4. I am another who thinks the little moth is very pretty, a shame it is a nuisance. A bit like the cabbage white butterflies I suppose. Another lovely nasturtium. Almost time for me to start thinking about buying some seeds.


  5. Still looks like summer to me, but I know well how the end of summer brings a hint of fall. There’s a certain nip to the air, a certain slant of the sun. Enjoy your last days of summer.


  6. Your Japanese anemones are beautiful. I have a few in the garden – sometimes they get a bit out of hand and think they can spread where they want, but I wouldn’t be without them. The chilli is impressive too!

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  7. I would love anemones to spread around my garden, but I don’t have enough shade for them. Yet.
    That’s a great photo of the bee in the cornflower. Just lovely. Sorry we sent you lead hoppers and possums. The possums seem to grow to twice the size over there!


  8. Such beauties, those anemone flowers! I am nurturing one, but no flowers to date. This is its second year…. I love the cornflowers, and hope there are seeds in the bees mix which I sowed. Nasturtiums are such lovely filler plants, and they come up in some odd places in my garden. I usually leave them be as they are so bright and sunny. I don’t think I have seen a lace moth….but will keep a look out for them now I know what they look like.


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