A second Six on Saturday from Level 4 lockdown here in New Zealand. As of 1pm today, there are now 429 cases of people who have tested positive for Covid, the vast majority in Auckland (and I mean vast majority – only 14 of the cases are in Wellington, none anywhere else so far). Apart from Auckland and Northland, the rest of the country will move into Level 3 on Wednesday. Vaccination rates seem to be good, though it looks like the country will run out of vaccine, and the next delivery is not due until October. Ah well…. it is how it is. 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 usual for this time of year, the weather is quite changeable. Wednesday was a lovely sunny day, and I managed to get a picture of the magnolia at the back of the house. It doesn’t really do justice to this beautiful tree, but I am sure you get the idea. There are some magnificent magnolia in flower in the Botanic Gardens where I go for my ‘isolation walks’, with more to come judging by the wealth of buds. They certainly lift the spirits.
Today, of course, it is raining. There was a bit of a respite in the afternoon, which saw all the neighbourhood cats take their constitutionals, and I just saw some blue sky. It has been an indoors day with no weeding or tidying outside, just a book, a pot of tea and dreams of better days. Anyway, here are some of the daffodils in the rain.
A week can’t go by at this time of year without mention of the camellias. Due to the weather, this week you are only getting buds from the bush outside the house!
Meanwhile, the echinacea is coming on well, the rosemary is still in bloom, the lavender plants are both flowering, the tulips are about the same stage as the ones in the Botanic Gardens (which is good news), and I have plentiful chives, parsley and sage. The tarragon is making a slow recovery, but both my mint plants seem to have given up at the moment. It may be time to get more once lockdown is lifted and we can once again get to a garden centre.
Moving indoors, I spotted a flower on a ‘I thought it was past its best’ orchid, which was a pleasant surprise. I also noticed two bright pink flowers on this cactus that need sun to open up. Lovely little finds for a wet day.
Finally, more pictures from when the sun was shining on Wednesday of the hellebores. I’ve picked a couple to brighten up the house as well. Apparently, you should put them in warm water to keep them fresh longer.
I hope next week I am feeling a bit more cheerful. 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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