Six on Saturday 12.12.20

Greetings SoSers from a sunny Wellington, after many a rainy day this week. It has been wet and warm, the sort of weather that makes my hair frizz and things grow. I only have five more working days to go until three weeks of summer/Christmas holiday and I honestly can’t wait to be free of sitting at a computer all day. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in. 

So first up, this week’s nasturtiums. My husband laughs at me raving about them, calling them ‘the sort of flowers that children plant’. Well, I don’t care because I love them – just take a moment to look at their shapes and colours. They also have the added benefit of being edible.

Next up, things appearing above the surface: the hymenocallis, dahlias and eucomis all showing signs of life. The sunflower too, though where the second one has gone I don’t know – maybe eaten.

I was in two minds about showing you what it is like at the back of the house at the moment, but here we go at number three, a sea of white and green (yes that is an old garden chair covered with leaves). It does look like a lot of arthropodium cirratum (or New Zealand rock lily or rengarenga). What you can’t really see from the picture is that the plants are sitting on a slope, and in the shade, so is ideal coverage for this spot.

Moving on to the herbs, and most things are looking well. I planted out the supermarket pot basil during the week, which will either survive or not. I have had a lot of leaves from it in any case. The echinacea is looking good, as is the lemon verbena and sages.

And so to number five, and I decided on this tui who paid us a visit yesterday. Tuis are native New Zealand birds, which have a sort of blue/green iridescent sheen to them and distinctive white throat feathers like little tufts. They are very vocal, with a distinct mix of tuneful notes mixed with what I can only describe as strange grunts or croaks. We have loads where we live, and their chatter and calling are always to be heard.

Finally, the Peruvian lilies are blooming! I put one picture at the top of the post and another couple below. There are lots more to come, so there will be more pictures in the weeks to come.

So that is my six for 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 and enjoying your gardens in whatever the season is with you. 

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  1. Like yours, my yellow Alstromeria are also flowering, and what a beautiful sunny colour they are! As are the Nasturtiums! The NZ rock lily is obviously the perfect plant for slopes. What fantastic coverage it offers.

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  2. Your featured photo is the last of your six, I had to wait until the end to enjoy these gorgeous Peruvian lilies. I love them.
    These arthropodium are the plants perfectly chosen to mark this path.

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    1. Do you read the blog posts on an iPhone? I have noticed the the picture I put at the top of the post shows on my computer (where I write) and my iPad but not my iPhone. I am curious!

      I love those lilies – remind me these days of Christmas.

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  3. I loved reading about your Tui bird. It’s a real treat to see all your plants bursting forth as our gardens go to sleep.

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  4. Can I swap my starlings for your tuis. I remember having my lunch on my own in the middle of Maungatautri with four or five tuis serenading me. Magic moment. Not a lot wrong with that Alstroemeria either.

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