So here we are – a SoS Level 4 lockdown post – I had hoped never to have to type that again. Yes folks, all of New Zealand is at our most severe lockdown level after cases of you-know-what in Auckland. Some of the foreign media failed to understand how we can have a lockdown after one case. Well, there are now, Saturday, 51 confirmed cases in the community, including six here in Wellington (all people who had travelled down from Auckland). And all I will say is – look at New South Wales to see why the government came in hard and fast.
Anyway, to the weather which, to say the least, has been mixed. From strong winds and rain to sunshine there has been a bit of everything this week. We’ve had to cut a branch off the large fern in front of the house, sweep up twigs and branches, but also spend a bit of time in the early spring sun. A few of these pictures were taken on Wednesday afternoon, the rest today. Anyway, thanks to 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. Photos taken on Wednesday and today.
As last week, I’m starting with the hellebores because they are looking magnificent right now and their gorgeous shapes and colours bring a smile to my face.
The echinacea got a little battered in the wind, but is still coming along nicely at least. The lavender continues to flower, and I can see new leaves on the dahlia (thank goodness!). Garden centres are closed at Level 4, so no chance at the moment to get anything new – probably just as well! I can order seeds (strictly limited to miniature sunflowers, violas and cornflowers this year), but they can’t be dispatched until, I believe, Level 3.
Still with flowers, and to the camellias, this week featuring one from in front of the house and one we ‘share’ with our neighbour. There is a white bush beside the ‘up steps’ but I can’t get to a decent place to get a good picture. With being at home now, if I get a chance to try again, I will for next week.
Also doing fine are a few random crocuses (or should I write croci?) These two cheeky fellows, nestling in the wild strawberry, are really pretty, and I can see a lot more to come around the place. No sign of any more iris, no sign of muscari or anemones, and one pot of some unlabelled bulbs has now been so badly filled with rain water twice, I think that whatever was in there is now completely sodden. The tulips though are coming on a pace. I think if they are successful, I will get more for next year and abandon anemones.
On crocus – has anyone ever been successful with autumn crocus? Mine just grew leaves and had no flowers.
In penultimate place this week is our magnolia which is now flowering as you can see. I need a step ladder or my tall husband to get a decent picture, but you get the idea. You can also see one of the camellia bushes.
Finally, daffodils. Every day I am seeing more golden blooms when I look out of the window. I particularly like the double headed one, and of course the joy of Jetfire. I brought one pot of miniature ones indoors when the weather was particularly bad, and they seem to be doing fine as well. Expect more next week!
That is it for me for now – I hope to have something new to show you next week! 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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