After last Saturday’s stormy and very wet weather, which had me at one point running out to move some pots that were flooded with water (and getting soaked in the process which took 5 minutes), the weather has calmed down again, and yesterday and today we have been treated to winter sun. Daytime temperatures hover around 14C, which for someone who grew up in Northern Europe is fine for winter (the locals shiver….). Meanwhile, the travel bubble with Australia is closed again, this time for 8 weeks as cases of you-know-what are on the rise in some states. I think we are all living on a knife’s edge over here, wondering if the same thing could happen in New Zealand, and with so few people vaccinated still, it is kind of worrying. Anyway, we have gardens and we have The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens in all parts of the world. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in.
First up, hellebores. There are loads out in parts of the Botanic Gardens already, and mine are also beginning to flower. There are loads of buds, so hopefully I will get a good display of this gorgeous flower this year.
At number two, the ‘herb garden’ section of the garden, where all three rosemary plants (two in pots and one in what I call ‘the forgotten corner’ on one side of the house) are doing well. I have the signs of two echinacea flowers and the old and rather woody lavender is flowering again. It is one of those plants that keeps springing back to life.
Next up, bulb progress. I think there are going to be a decent display this year – I certainly hope so at least. Daffodils, croci and the new tulips are all showing signs of life all over the place, so fingers crossed.
At number four, the mahonia berries are ripening bit by bit. There are not nearly as many as last year, but still enough for a nice display – if you like mahonia and if you like mahonia berries that is.
At number five, these gorgeous seasonal berries. The top picture is of the small bush to the side of the house and the bottom one of the bush that sits under the tecomanthe speciosa. If anyone can identify the plant, please let me know (and apologies if I asked before and have forgotten). Both plants are very well established.
And to end, as we began with the featured image at the top of the post, this week’s camellias. The white bush took a battering last week, but there are still buds and flowers. The big blousy bush as I call it is still looking wonderful (the only flower I could get close to was on its last legs but you get the idea I am sure!). The bush at the back of the house is now flowering too, and I noticed a good number of buds on the magnolia when I popped out for photos this afternoon. In fact, some of the magnolia in the Botanic Gardens are already flowering.
That is it for me for now. 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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