How is everyone doing out there? New Zealand is still in lockdown, and we are getting used to living in our ‘bubbles’. It is all a bit strange, but I keep thinking how lucky we are to have the Botanic Gardens to walk in and have our own little terrace and patch of garden to go outside and breathe in when it all gets too much. Not a lot new to report this week as we head into autumn, but anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
First up, the Japanese anemones are heading towards their last days. Petals are dropping and turning brown, but are still giving a nice display, and brighten up our days.
Over at the herbs, both the Thai basil and cinnamon basil are flowering, and I am just letting them go ahead as they look pretty as I am not going to use them in the kitchen. The cinnamon basil is hugely disappointing, but very pretty to look at, so I will just treat it as ‘an ornamental’ so to speak.
Nasturtium seeds have established themselves in odd places…yet another one is flowering where I least expected in one of the big pots on the terrace. Apart from a few cornflowers still blooming, there isn’t a lot of colour out at the front of the house right now, so this pop of orange-red catches one’s attention.
Over at the side of the house, the mahonia plants are flowering. It was a bit tricky to get a decent picture do to awkward angles, but at least you get the idea. The plant on the left was easy to photograph, hence the picture.
As I have mentioned before, we have several kawakawa shrubs around the house. The one below is one of the ones at the back terrace, but there are some all round the property. As you can see, the leaves are often covered with holes which are mainly caused by the kawakawa looper moth caterpillar. The plant is used in traditional medicine, and is a cure for many things – you can read more here.
Finally, today we were visited by this rather lovely kererū or New Zealand pigeon. It is the only pigeon endemic to New Zealand, and you know one is near due to the distinctive noisy wingbeats. They also fly low, so you need to watch out! I just happened to be outside when he decided to visit.
That is all from me this week. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Take care out there! Kia kaha.
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