Oh what a miserable, grey and wet day it is here! Not a day to be out and gardening, or even taking photos for the blog. At least we heard there were no more community cases of Covid-19 after last week’s scare. Keep you fingers crossed for us that it stays like that! I missed last week as we were up in Auckland, but here I am again with some a rainy-day-in-winter non-gardening post. 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.
So let’s look at this week’s six, starting with a picture of the weather! Sorry for the slight cheat with a picture of grey sky, but it really is too wet to go outside this afternoon.
At number two, rain soaked leaves from the bush covered with gorgeous bright red berries in front of the house and those from the large kawakawa bush (a New Zealand native plant) next to it. Pictures taken in haste…looking around I can see the echinacea coming to life after I cut it back at the end of the last season, random bulbs poking their heads above the soil, no flowers at all on the saffron croci, and the last few buds on the dahlia, which looks like it is finally coming to an end for this season.
The post should really be filled with pictures of stunning camellias, instead we have a rather gloomy picture taken at 9am on the way to Pilates, where you can just about see the white camellias coming into bloom, and the big pink blousy ones at the back. The blob of red is berries. You can also see the fatsia. The two blooms in the middle are from just outside the house (yes, today’s pictures come from the front door and covered area by the house). The last picture is of the large flowered bush taken from an upstairs window. Hopefully we will get some sun next week….
At number four, the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings Vine which is still flowering and I could see a few buds too. We have had a beautiful display this year.
So to indoors, there are a few flowers on the little cyclamen plant, and both the peperomia polybotrya and peperomia Burgundy delight continue to do well in our living room window which gets a good amount of sun (when it decides to shine that is).
Finally – mushrooms! Two weeks ago I reported I had received my first mushroom kit. Great success as you can see below, and I cooked and enjoyed the results. Let’s see if I get a second bloom.
That is it for me for now – hopes for the week are sunshine and a return to Level 1. 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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