Six on Saturday 29.05.21

Here we are at the end of May already….hard to believe we are approaching the half-way mark of the year. It is a bit grey here today after some lovely sunny days this week. Even though the sun is trying its best to break through the clouds, it is not the nicest of weather. Actually, there is a severe weather warning for the Canterbury region in the South Island, which apparently could be facing its most significant rainfall event in a decade. Back home, there are a few things that need to be done, so I am hoping Wednesday will be a better day to allow me to get outside. 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 thought I would start this week with some bright, pink camellias which are a contrast to the weather. The large picture and the one at the bottom right are from the ‘shared bush’ with our neighbour, the other one is from the front of the house. The three other bushes in the garden/edge of garden are also covered with buds, so expect more in the weeks to come.

The dahlia is still producing lots of flowers as you can see. There was a frost in some parts of the city I believe on Thursday morning, but not where we are. Actually, to be honest, in the 8 years we have lived here, I have seen frost on the grass in the Botanic Gardens about half a dozen times.

Sticking with flowers at number three, the plant you are all familiar with by now, the tecomanthe speciosa. It really is a gorgeous and interesting plant and I love it.

Now to the pick and mix corner, where we have some flowers on the shaggy supermarket basil that is still going on. The sun and rain has boosted the pineapple sage, and the variegated sage is also doing fine. The wild strawberry plant continues to flower and provide the occasional little fruit to keep my eye on before the birds help themselves.

I know I featured these cheeky little plants last week, but here they are again. There are a couple of other things popping up too…bulbs left in pots last year, deciding now is a good time to pop their heads above ground. In case you are wondering, there are signs of daffodils in the Botanic Gardens.

Finally, since it is raining, I’ll end today with two indoor plants, the newly acquired Peperomia Polybotrya ‘Raindrop’. I know this type of plant is fashionable at the moment, but it is attractive and I needed/wanted another bit of green in the house. Sitting beside it is the Peperomia ‘Burgundy Delight which I bought a while back. It seems to like the spot it is in at least.

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. Camellia and dahlias are always pretty!
    Thanks also for showing us some pretty houseplants. Peperomia ‘Raindrop’ is gorgeous. I don’t have it yet here but I saw one at the garden centre last weekend and I must admit I hesitated …

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  2. That’s a good, vibrant pink on the camellia to lift the spirits on a dull day. I like both peperomias, they look good together and very healthy, not a speck of dust on them, you clearly look after them well.

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  3. The Raindrop Peperomia is very nice. I have also been seeing more of these lately, but I firmly believe in disregarding trends where plants and other living things are concerned. A good plant is a good plant.

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