Six on Saturday 15.05.21

This week saw lots of rain (see Wednesday’s post), a cold snap and some gorgeous, warm sunshine. Things are not doing too badly out in the garden, with, as you can see in the featured image above, camellias brightening up our days. 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.

First up, the scene by the side of the house today. The forecast was for cloudy weather, but as you can see, we have blue skies and sunshine. There are bright red berries, a fatsia in flower and bright green leaves everywhere. Yes, it is autumn…and must have been about 21C on our decking. Not at all like being in Northern Europe at the end of November!

At number two this week, I make no apologies for more dahlia pictures. The flowers still keep coming, and there are more to come I can see. I am so happy with this plant, and the weeks and weeks of flowers I have enjoyed.

At number three, this week’s herb corner. Since I repotted the tarragon it is showing signs of coming back to life, which is great to see. I picked up a basil plant in the supermarket for using in the kitchen this week, and I will try to keep it alive in the window for as long as possible, and hopefully plant it out in the spring. Let’s not be too optimistic! And I know I said no more violas…but they are also still adding happiness to the garden.

Another repeat…but you all knew this was going to feature…the tecomanthe speciosa. The flowers look stunning against the bright blue skies.

I came home on Friday and spotted these large black fungi. Goodness knows what they are, but they look like something from the garden of the wicked witch.

To finish, more camellias, pictures taken on Friday. The buds pictured at the bottom, are on the white camellia bush, the others on the one in front of the house. I never get tired of them.

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. Your autumn certainly doesn’t look very autumnal. It’s actually a season I rather enjoy in northern Europe, all those lovely, colourful tumbling leaves, but maybe I’m just displacing jealousy of your 21 degrees C! I share your love of herbs and violas, I’ve got both today too 🙂

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    1. Yes autumn here is not like Northern Europe! Native trees stay green all year if I am correct, but there are many imports to give us the autumn colours. To be honest, this year I think we have had better weather in autumn than in the summer!

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  2. Those are cute little violas, and I was quite surprised to see camellias out in flower, here they flower in spring which is the same time of the year from a calendar point of view.

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    1. The camellias start about now and will keep going for ages, You can’t really compare exact month to exact month I have discovered living here for a few years now. The imported plants seem to have devised their own seasons!


  3. Blue skies and 🌞……lovely and many healthy plants. Same as usual and always interesting to read. I hope our summer is as nice as your autumn.
    PS. The nasturtiums are coming on well but slowly due to the cold April and May.

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  4. My South African garden is looking surprisingly green, given the long drought; sadly there’s not much in the way of flowers for cannot water them. Your garden is looking beautiful!

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      1. The part of the country I live in has already experienced six years of drought. Other areas have enjoyed more rain than they know what to do with! We mostly receive summer rain, although occasionally some rain during autumn and winter: 17mm so far spread over several weeks.

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  5. it’s wonderful to see you garden plant. The Camelia what’s not to like. Oh and dahlias I’ve a few new this year, more those in my Six on Saturday. Your tecomanthe speciosa is a delight. Thank you from a damp UK.

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  6. Crikey, 21°C… That’s about as good as it gets here in summer! Enjoy.
    I’m delighted you continue to show the dahlias. They really are fantastic flowers. I’ve got plenty grown from seed, but my three in the ground have not appeared yet. Fingers crossed.

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