Six on Saturday 22.05.21

I am starting to type this while eating breakfast, because we are off to a wine tasting event this afternoon so this may interfere with me getting this post up! Looking out of the window, I can see that the early morning mist has lifted and it looks like it is going to be a sunny day. The forecast says 16C, which means it will be about 18C where we are. Not bad for the end of autumn….well, for those of us who grew up in Northern Europe! 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. Let’s look at this week’s six.

I’m going to start this week with the tecomanthe speciosa. You can see a flower that had fallen off up close as the featured image, and below more gorgeous buds. If you are on Facebook, check out the Wellington Gardens page and a post from Thursday where one of the gardeners talks about the plant as his ‘plantspiration’.

Next up, more lovely flowers from two of the camellias – the one in front of the house and the one that we ‘share’ with our neighbour. Lots of buds on the others, and lots of buds on these too. What is not to like?

At number three, as I am no longer working on Wednesdays, I got a chance to finish planting the bulbs. Only just as I ran out of potting compost at the end. Anyway, the daffodil is Rip van Winkle and not RIP (I hope!) which I haven’t planted before and the iris, also new to me, is Pixie. Fingers crossed!

At number four, the dahlias which I know have featured every week for ages now, but honestly, I sit and look out at them every day, and every day I smile looking at them.

Next up, the mahonia, with most of the plants now showing the distinctive bright yellow flowers. The plants are looking great just now – even if you don’t like them!

Finally, at number 6, what I am calling the odds and sods corner, with the stunning but hard to photograph flowers on the salvia blue black, a spurt of growth on the lemon tree in a pot that we inherited (I gave it a really good feed a while back and it seems to be working) and…..what look like crocus peeping up in a neglected pot. I know…..

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. Another gorgeous Mahonia – I’m definitely in the ‘loves’ column! I planted five tiny Dahlia tubers yesterday (given by a friend who assures me they will grow into magnificent plants within a few months) – hoping to be able to sit and look out at them as well. And smile!

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  2. Lovely to see your Camellias in flower again!! They certainly provide a bright splash of colour. I have a pink and a red one, and both have started flowering here too. Looking forward stop seeing what the daffodil and iris look like in flower. The Mahonia does look spectacular in that photo!

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  3. Those camellias are a lovely colour. Keep showing the dahlia, it’s a stunner. Meanwhile, my nasturtiums in the hanging baskets are coming on. They are a mixture so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.

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