Oh you can really feel it is winter! The nights and early mornings are really quite chilly these days, and add in a lot of rain in the past week, and it is more a case of lighting candles and making tea than weeding or checking how things are getting on outside. Today is a bit grey and overcast, with spots of sun, so the light isn’t too great for pictures, but you can get some idea of what is going on at least. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
First up, the white camellia bush which is really beginning to look quite lovely. The picture below does it no justice, so you will just have to imagine it. The pink ones at the side and front of the house are looking good, with the promise of more flowers to come (see featured image above).
I’m cheating a bit here…because at number 2 we have camellia buds as opposed to flowers. The camellia at the back of the house is one of those big, blousy bright pink ones, and I am looking forward to seeing it flower. The magnolia is also covered in buds so hope for good display there too in the weeks to come.
And so the the saga of the bulbs. Monday was a holiday here, and I managed to get most of the bulbs planted, but still have a few to go in this weekend (rain please stay away!). Meanwhile, some bulbs I left in last year are starting to break through the surface….
At number four, this weeks pictures of the tecomanthe speciosa. You can just see the large group of flowers on the right (a bit high up for me to get a good picture), and more flowers about to burst forth on the left.
There is nothing much to report on what is happening in the herb pots. The last of the basils succumbed to the cold nights, the parsley seedings are looking good, and the pineapple sage that features regularly because it looks so pretty, is continuing to do well.
And finally, I bought a plant for the house as the garden centre was selling a whole lot with 30% off. There wasn’t really much I wanted, but I did pick up this peperonia (burgundy delight) which actually looks really good on the table I am still working on at home.
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. Hope you are all well in whatever state of lockdown or not you may be in.
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