Six on Saturday 21.02.20

It is hard to know where to begin really, with all that is happening in the world outside our gardens. More cases of the virus have been announced here, and working from home has become the new norm. At least we have our small outside space to breath fresh air. There is still a drought, and I am still watering with my trusty watering can, though rain is expected this evening. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

To be honest, there is not much new to report this week. The cornflowers and Japanese anemones are still looking good (see featured image at the top of the post for the former). I had a big tidy up, and repotted a few things and pulled up some other things. One of the thing I repotted was one of the rosemary plants. This had not been looking well, but some fertiliser and now a new pot looks like it is picking up again.

One of the rosemary plants

Basils….I took the advice to leave the Thai basil alone, and it is certainly doing much better. The cinnamon basil, which smells of nothing, has suddenly sprouted and outgrown the pot it is in – a task for tomorrow.

Just when I least expected it, another little flower appeared on one of the wild strawberry plants. I have a lovely big pot to move this one too, another thing to do once I can get some more soil…we didn’t get to the garden centre last week and now I am wondering if we ever will. I guess it might be easy to social distance in between the pots and plants!

Wild strawberry flower

All marjorams are oreganos but not all oreganos are marjorams – or so I read the other day. Whatever, they are all the same family, and my oregano and marjoram plants are looking good, even the old, rather raggedy one that is currently flowering.

As we enter autumn, and head towards the winter, the first camellia buds are appearing. Always so good to see signs of new life.


Finally, my chillies are looking good – see below. Lovely, vibrant colours to brighten up the day.

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.  Remember – wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, keep your distance…and be kind.

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  1. I am still very envious of your Jaanese Anenome! I have found where my small plant is hiding in the garden, and I think I should dig it out and pot it up into a pot. It is bound to do so much better that way! Your herbs are looking healthy and strong, and like your Camelia, mine are budding too!

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  2. We are so lucky to be able to keep in touch with each other. Soon our camellias will be over, it is great to see the cycle continue. Hope you have a really good steady downpour. Stay well and happy x

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  3. One of my rosemary plants has suffered from the wind this winter – lots of broken branches – so I have cut it right back, but it’s not looking well. Fortunately I have an offspring that is a lot healthier. Hope you get a good drenching – I’m looking forward to some sun next week! Fortunately here in Cornwall people do seem to be remaining kind, though our supermarket shelves are rather bare in some essential items. I don’t really understand why this stockpiling is going on – fear I suppose.

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    1. There is a semi-wild rosemary in one part of the garden that is going to have to be cut back. My pot rosemary plants are bouncing back. We got a little rain at least. Think you are right that fear is driving the stockpiling.


  4. From the look of the buds on your Camellia, yours and mine might bloom around the same time. Mine is Spring flowering and will hopefully start to bloom within the next few weeks. Your Japanese Anemone is absolutely gorgeous – those flowers are perfect.

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  5. Yes – interesting what Hortus Baileyana says about the rosemary. A bit weird … is it a ‘race memory’ (just joking!). Lovely pics – enjoy your garden.


  6. I’ve not had any luck with chilli seeds germinating. I must treat myself to fresh seed packets sach year. All your plants look so healthy. How do you stop the slugs and snails eating the basil?


    1. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see the chillies do so well. I put them in a sunny window to start them off – but cannot guarantee that was the trick! Re things eating things…I have decided it is about where I put the pots. Not all my leaves on all my plants are so pristine!


  7. Chillies really are doing well. Not sure if it’s the Thai basil in bloom, but what a lovely plant, whichever one it is.


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