As we approach the shortest day, the weather remains mild here, with day time temperatures up to 16 or 17C, with nights around 12C. With the odd bits of rain as well, things continue to grow well out there. I’ve been able to get out and tidy a bit, but with so many pots now on the terrace, reaching the ones at the back (sorry curry plant and thyme) is a bit tricky. I really need a reorganisation somehow! 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.
To start with, has anyone else tried a mushroom growing kit? This one arrived on Friday, and results will of course be reported here – good or bad. If you have experience of these, do let me know.
At number two, a constant job at the moment is sweeping up leaves and petals. The colours are gorgeous, but the steps do have to be kept clean as they become very slippery when wet. This was what I had to sweep up today.
There are lots of bushes with berries around the house right now, these ones are on the bushes in front of the kitchen window. I picked a few branches on Wednesday to pop in a small vase for a bit of colour inside the house.
In fourth place, we have what I am calling pik ‘n’ mix corner, where we find the dahlia still going strong, a few violas still smiling at me at our front door, the lemon verbena looking good, the rosemary in pots look fine, and the one at the side of the house (featured image) which has really come on since being moved.
Next, a round up of this week’s camellias. There are a few white flowers now and still lots of blooms on the two bushes near the house. I can see lots of buds at the back of the house that I really should go out and check on.
To finish, another recurring regular at this time of year, the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings Vine. I can see lots of buds still to open up, and imagine the display will continue for quite a while.
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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