Six on Saturday 18.04.20

It is Saturday again, and we are still in our bubbles. The bulb order has yet to be placed, but will do so this weekend. I should get a delivery in about 2 to 3 weeks, not too late to plant, and hopefully by then I can also get hold of some more potting compost as well and a couple of more suitable pots. There really isn’t much new to report this week, but thought I would do a post anyway as it is fun to do and I love seeing what is going on in gardens around the world. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, something new at least as the mahonia is in full flower this week. Lovely yellow blooms right up against the house and one of the windows. There are several plants here, and all are in bloom.

There are a few Japanese anemones left, otherwise there are lots of very pretty, to me at least, green furry balls.

Last of the Japanese anemones

Next up, it really is autumn with these magnolia seed pods. Quite fascinating to see the amazing shapes and colour too.

Next to the herbs. I still have lots of parsley, thyme, mint, marjoram, along with the pineapple sage, ordinary sage and oregano. One thing I miss is chives. Something to remedy in the future.


I know I have posted pictures of my chillies before, but here are some more. I sit and look at them every day while working, so they have become a big part of my life!

And to finish this week, signs of hope…buds on the camellia, all the bushes, ours and our neighbours.

Camellia buds

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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  1. What a pretty marjoram! The magnolia seed pods are fascinating and beautiful too. I doubt my chillis will do as well as yours. I seem to be having trouble with them this year. Have a good week!

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  2. That top picture makes me yearn to be able to grow Cyathea medullaris here. Magnolia seed pods here are beloved by squirrels, do yours get eaten by something, the dreaded possums perhaps.

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    1. Yes I have a feeling the possums might well go for the seed pods, but maybe kaka too – the big brown parrots that we hear every day overhead. You will know having been to NZ that there are ferns everywhere!


  3. Lovely Mahonia. I managed to put in an order for some herbs this week which should arrive some time in May, which is when I can evict the forget me nots currently taking up residence in the herb bed! My Camellia is still flowering though some of the flowers have brown edges now, which spoils it somewhat. I agree with Jim – that is one delightful tree fern.

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    1. I am so pleased the mahonia is flowering well this year – cheers me up! The tree fern is at the back of the house and I do wonder what might happen if there was a big storm or earthquake…..


  4. Your feature image of the tree fern is wonderful – what a fantastic canopy! Your house provides the perfect background for the Mahonia blooms and those Magnolia seed pods are quite a sight!

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  5. Tree fern is marvellous, such a great canopy. I like Mahonia blooms too. When I was working at the University of Nottingham there was a bank of shrubs outside my office. There would many Mahonias planted there too, it was a favourite walk by the offices with this amazing show of shrubs.


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