Six on Saturday 02.05.20

It is May already, and the days are growing shorter, the nights longer. It has been such a strange year, with nothing being in the least bit normal. At least we know it is autumn when we see all the beautiful colours in the Botanic Gardens (have a look back at some of my recent posts if you like). Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, there are still some flowers on the wild strawberry plant, though if any fruit ever appears it disappears as quickly. I love these flowers, and the pots with the plants in sit next to the cornflowers, making a rather pretty little spot on the terrace.

A little flower

Next up, remember the seedpods? Below you can see how the most easily accessible one looked on Tuesday, Thursday and today. And yes I did take 3 of the seeds and stick them into a pot.


The day began sunny, if a little windy, so I had to pop the salvia on the step to get a picture of the plant remaining still. The variety is blue black. And yes I just have one, wee plant, because that is how things work in our yard!


And so to the herbs…the basil is really on its last legs, especially with the cooler nights. The pineapple sage and mint are looking good, and the thyme is still featuring in many dishes. I need to sort things out for the cooler months though, and just need to get some gardening mojo together to get this done.

Pineapple sage

At number 5, last year’s mystery plant, the tecomanthe speciosa or Three King’s Climber has many buds again, and the signs of flowers too. I am so glad my colleague identified it for me last year. It is a native climber, threatened in the wild but it grows fine in gardens.


On buds, all the camellias are showing signs of life, and this one, whose roots are actually in our neighbour’s garden but which borders our steps, is already flowering. What can I say?

The first camellia

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. Thank you for photographing the seed head of magnolia day after day; it gives a good idea of ​​the evolution.
    Remind me the color of the flowers of Tecomanthe please? : I can’t wait to see them!


  2. Love the day by day seedpop photos! Hope you manage to germinate one of the seeds. Just googled tecomanthe, Wowsers!!! What a beauty, can’t wait to see it bloom. Have a good week. 🙂


  3. Great to see that you’re now harvesting from the seedpods – it will be interesting to be able to watch their progress.

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