Greetings from a warm, sunny Wellington, where we are being deafened in the garden by cicadas and some rather loud tuis. All very lovely of course since it is summer after all. We had some rain this week too, so things are growing and changing by the day. I picked another handful of nasturtium seeds, and have one set pickling in a way I found thanks to Google, and the other in the way that Fred suggested last week. I will be reporting on this experiment in a few weeks! 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…let’s look at this week’s six.
First up, some little wild strawberries. The top picture was taken on Tuesday, the one below today. Keeping my eye on the almost ripe one….
Next up, the Japanese anemones are still looking good, and there are also lots of buds. All the ones in our garden are pink, and was wondering if for next year I might try to get some white ones too. They are such lovely flowers, so delicate and such a pretty shape.
At number 3, the surprise borage that I mentioned last week. I know the plant spreads, but we have such a messy, wild space by our house I don’t think it would matter, and the flowers are gorgeous. The top picture is of the flowers with drops of morning rain on Friday, the bottom this afternoon.
Another plant in the mixed seed packet that came with the bee house was this tansy or lacy phacelia (according to a flower identification app at least). The top picture was taken on Friday, the one below today. The bees though are still preferring the nasturtiums and dahlia!
And so to the herbs…the replanted rosemary is thriving at least, though I must replant the other one this week while I am off work. The terrace gets really hot in the afternoon sun, so any jobs need to be done in the morning. Other featured things this week are the good old variegated sage, the flourishing parsley, the cinnamon basil and…this little bee on a basil flower.
And finally….to some of the other flowers to be seen this week…the beautiful eucomis or pineapple flower, another dahlia and my little pygmy sunflower.
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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