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 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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