In New Zealand and Australia it is Anzac Day. But this year there were no dawn services: the first time services have been cancelled since 1915. We happened to be awake at 6am (thanks to our cat wanting to go out), and stood outside and listened to someone in the neighbourhood play The Last Post. It was quite moving. Anyway, to the garden, and again there really isn’t much new to report this week, though I did get around to ordering bulbs, which will take a couple of weeks to get here but will arrive eventually I hope. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
First up, New Zealand will be dropping to Level 3 on our Covid-19 lockdown scheme at midnight on Monday. This means I will be able to place an order at one of the local garden centres and pick up some things I need. I know where I will be going next weekend!
So to the garden itself, and there are still a few cornflowers adding a beautiful pop of bright blue in amongst all the green. They have been a big success this year, so will definitely go for more next year.
Next up, the mahonia. All the plants are now in full flower, and looking quite gorgeous. Most of the plants are at the side of the house, but there is one rogue one beside the steps (the one on the right below).
Nothing much new to report from the pots of herbs. The red basil is entering its last days, but I am getting lots of lovely thyme and mint still. The chocolate mint is also doing really well this year.
I’ve been checking each day on the magnolia seedpods. The big picture below was taken this morning and the bottom right one on Tuesday. I am monitoring the progress with interest.
Finally, there are suddenly lots of spider webs visible – or it is just that I am noticing a lot more about my environment now I am at home all the time. Charlie sometimes comes home covered with bits of web after he has been running about through the bush.
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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