The first of May already…hard to believe. You can really feel it is autumn, with colder mornings and darker evenings, but we have had a decent amount of sun and enough rain to keep the gardens watered. There are a few things to share with you this week, including the fatsia which is in full bloom at the moment and can be seen in the featured image at the top of the post. 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. Let’s look at this week’s six.
At number one, this week’s tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings Vine update. There are lots more buds and some flowers too which you can see below. They are so pretty and are such a joy in the autumn garden.
At number two, a couple of the mahonia are flowering. Love the bright yellow flowers or loathe them, you can’t deny they are an interesting plant. They seem to thrive in this spot beside the house as well.
The last of the violas are still looking wonderful and cheery. I have had a great display this year and will be growing more again come the season. Every one is just slightly different, all of them bring a smile to the face.
Spotted today, this camellia. Strictly speaking this plant has its roots in our neighbours’ garden, but the flower is right beside our path, so I think it fine to feature today. The buds below are on the big (possibly a bit overgrown) plant at the front of our house. There’ll be more in the weeks to come I am sure.
Over in the herb corner, the cinnamon basil flowers are still looking stunning, though as I mentioned before, the leaves are a little disappointing. The pineapple sage and variegated sage are both looking fine, but my other sage plant and the tarragon are not looking so good. The parsley plants have done remarkably well this year, and I have had plentiful supplies for months. Both oregano plants are in need of a bit of tender loving care, and as for the curry plants…well, I really must re-pot them before too much longer.
Finally, yet another dahlia picture, because I can’t resist. I also got hold of Discovering Dahlias by Erin Benzakein which I am hoping will inform and inspire me. Since I am limited to growing in pots, any suggestions of ones to try next season are welcome.
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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