It is another lovely, sunny summer Saturday today. Our terrace gets the sun in the afternoon, and it can be almost too hot to sit outside at times. Of course, this is quite lovely, and we enjoyed our Saturday afternoon cup of tea outside, watching the cabbage white butterflies eat the plants. I can’t add in the sound of the cicadas, so you will have to add that sound in your imagination. 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.
First up, something seen in another garden if that is allowed. I was travelling for work this week, flying up to Hawke’s Bay. In a break between meetings, we took a stroll to look at the vineyard, greenhouses and garden area used by students studying viticulture and horticulture. I loved this sign on a shed door, lying in front of which were these squash and marrows. Why I don’t know, but it was fun to see, and I hope you all don’t mind me including them in this week’s SoS.
Returning home, I found a few developments in the garden. My single sunflower, will be in full flower soon, and will feature in next week’s post I am sure. More dahlias are appearing too, something that really brings a big smile to my face with it being the first year I have planted that flower. The sunflower is a pygmy sunflower to grow in pots, and the dahlia is art fair.
Over to the herb garden, the budget lavender is proving a great success and has flowered really well this summer. The lemon balm has made a wonderful recovery since I cut it back, and we have lots of parsley and sage for using in the kitchen. There are still a few gorgeous echinacea flowers brightening up the deck too – we have had such a lot of joy from this plant this year. And when I bought the bee house, it came with a packet of mixed seeds which I just sprinkled into a pot to see what happened. Well, there are marigolds and also this borage, which should be flowering soon I hope.
Last week I picked and pickled a handful of nasturtium seeds, which should be ready to try in a couple of weeks. Below you can see this week’s ‘harvest’ that I might add to a carrot pickle perhaps? Suggestions, as usual, always welcome. I also picked a couple more radishes, both of which were really peppery and fresh tasting. I confess feel as excited as a child picking my first vegetables!
Finally, the beautiful and serene Japanese anemones are looking gorgeous. There are lots more to come, judging by the number of buds I can see, and it looks like we will be graced with a lot more of these wonderful flowers.
Finally, where we began this post with a sudden invasion (well, I counted at least three) of cabbage white butterflies, enjoying almost everything from the wild strawberry, to the radishes, to the sunflower…you name it. While looking at the butterflies, I noticed that there are lots of flowers on the wild strawberry plant, so hopefully I can grab a few mini berries before the birds do in the weeks to come.
So that is me for now from Wellington. 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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