Six on Saturday 12.06.21

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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  1. Lovely and healthy looking tumbling rosemary in your first photo, and the fallen leaves look so pretty on the steps. Have never tried growing mushrooms but am curious, keep us posted on what you have to do and how it works out!

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  2. Amazing that you still have a dahlia going…. mine gave up ages ago, as soon as the first frost occurred. I grew mushrooms many years ago, and they were quite successful. It will interesting to follow the progress of yours.

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  3. The Three Kings vine is very pretty, and flowering through winter is something special. I thought our Dahlias flowered for a long time this year, but yours are even better!

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  4. A lovely collection of photos from your garden. I particularly enjoyed your aesthetic appreciation of the mixed petals and leaves that add beauty and hazard to your stairway.

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  5. Three Kings Vine has such wonderful flowers! I enjoyed seeing your fall leaves. I haven’t seen any in years. I had a mushroom log several years ago – got one tiny mushroom after the log rotted. My dog stepped on it. I think you are in a better climate for mushroom growing.

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  6. I love the colour of the autumn leaves – all those rich reds and burnt oranges. I know you have to sweep them up but at least you have the photo to remind you.
    I’ve never tried a mushroom kit. I hope it does well for you.

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  7. Lol we have a mushroom kit in the laundry cupboard that I keep forgetting about thanks for reminding me. haha. We have had quite a few kits over the years but the last couple of years they haven’t grown at all. I often wonder what’s really in the soil. Be interesting to check ours out would love to see how yours does. Flower photos are just stunning. Are the berries a lilly pilly?

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  8. You have some really gorgeous photos in this post! The leaves on your steps look lovely – although I can imagine they get slippery.
    I have some large rosemary plants in my garden, they are in bloom now too, very pretty! And it’s good to be reminded of Camelias – I saw a large shrub (maybe even tree) in a garden in late April when I was out for a walk, and as soon as I knew what it was, I decided I need to get one!

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  9. Beautiful flowers you have in your garden. I’ve seen all of them here, except the Three Kings Vine. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  10. I don’t have a garden but hanging over the fence are some nice camellias which that neighbour never sees as the house-fence ratio is less than a metre. The rest of the time I have to go out to see any type of garden, I was at the Auckland domain on Sunday where there are some beautiful glasshouses. Unfortunately one is shut for refurbishment but I did get steamed up in the hothouse…

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